A 27-year-old man from Leetsdale was recently arrested for conspiring to break into a minivan that was impounded at an auto lot. The suspect is accused of theft crimes, criminal mischief, defiant trespass and four additional, related offenses. A co-defendant faces charges in the same incident. Law enforcement personnel said that he confessed to aiding a companion on Feb. 8 by acting as a lookout while his accomplice broke into the vehicle and took cash and drugs that were inside. He watched while the co-defendant broke the rear window, crawled inside and took two packages of heroin. In return for his help, the suspect was given $100 and a brick of heroin.
During the two-day period of Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, the North Coventry Police Department were dispatched to a large retail store on three different occasions for reports of theft crimes. Two women and a man were taken into custody for the charges. However, the women face lesser charges while the man has been charged with a felony. CityRating.com reports that North Coventry has a higher rate of theft than the state or national average. According to the statistics, offenders in the region commit thefts and larceny crimes more than any other crime, and the rate is 10 percent above the rest of the state average. However, violent crime and property crimes overall are declining in North Coventry.
An alleged assault and robbery in Plymouth Township, Pennsylvania, has led to the arrest of three men. Police said the alleged victim told them that two of the men approached him in a convenience store to talk to him. When he left the store to walk home, he said, the two men reappeared and punched him in the face. According to reports, the men took two necklaces, a watch and an iPod from the man. The man said they then fled on foot toward a vehicle and drove away.
Two 20-year-old men allegedly set up a scheme to swindle upper-class partiers out of their gifts at two country clubs in the Northampton area. The pair crashed three parties during the spring as they stole close to $10,000 from their victims, authorities say. At each party, the men escalated in their brazenness, increasing the amount of money they took at the events, which included a bat mitzvah and two weddings. One of the men now accused allegedly attended parties where he knew no one, mingled with guests, socialized, consumed food and drinks and stole money and checks from the guests of honor. He wore appropriate party attire so that he blended in with the other guests. His co-defendant waited outside in an escape vehicle so the pair could quickly flee, according to investigators. Other related incidents of theft and stolen property in a nearby town are still under investigation.
A 27-year old Norristown man made his first appearance in court earlier this month for allegedly robbing, sexually assaulting and attacking another man on May 31. The defendant was restrained with shackles and chains around his ankles during his appearance in District Court.
A 23-year-old man faces more theft charges in Montgomery Township after Lansdale police arrested him earlier this month. The man currently has no home address, but a string of misdemeanor theft charges on his record. The latest incident involved the of credit cards from a parked car. He admitted to the crime and was arraigned in Montgomery Township and remains in Montgomery County Prison on probation violations.
In a coordinated drug enforcement effort conducted by the Community Response Unit of the Pottstown Police Department, 43 warrants were issued last week to help eliminate street-level drug dealing throughout the borough.
An Upper Gwynedd man and Hatfield Borough woman were arrested and charged with 58 different counts of burglary, trespassing, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two appeared in court yesterday in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
A 25-year-old Whitpain Township man was arraigned earlier this month on charges of felony theft by unlawful taking, DUI, resisting arrest, careless driving and damage to property. He was held at the Montgomery County Prison until his $5,000 cash bail was posted.
After only one day on the Clearfield County fugitive of the week list, Pennsylvania State Police received an anonymous tip providing the location of a Greenville man. The 24-year-old did not appear in court for a May 2 preliminary hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Clearfield County Sheriff's deputies took the man into custody peacefully.