Blotter: Dog Attacks Dog, Gun Stolen, Mischief at Elementary Schools
The following information has been provided by the Marple Township Police Department. Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate guilt or conviction.
BROOMALL–On June 27 at approximately 4:19 p.m., a Berkley Avenue resident came into the Marple Police Station to report his semi-automatic 380 gun was taken from his car sometime after June 25. The man told police he noticed it missing from his car after going to retrieve it to lock in his home safe that day around 4 p.m. According to the report, the gun was not loaded and was with a black holster. CDs and a small amount of money was also taken from the vehicle.
Woman 'Out of Work' Caught Stealing at Giant
On June 22 at approximately 4 p.m., police responded to the Giant Food Store off of Springfield Road for a report of a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, police spoke with the store security officer who stated he observed a woman place several items in a white bag after tearing the UPC labels off of them. The woman was stopped as she attempted to exit the store, according to the report. The woman admitted to the theft which totaled to $73.89 of stolen items and told police she was “out of work” and “desperate,” according to the report. The woman was arrested and cited for retail theft.
Window Broken, No Entry Gained at Russell
On June 21 at approximately 10:10 a.m., a man reported a criminal mischief incident discovered at Russell Elementary School for the second night in a row. According to the report, it appeared that someone had attempted to enter the building through a small window facing New Ardmore Avenue. According to the report, the actor(s) broke the window but did not appear that they had gained entry.
Light Post Down, Playground Equipment Moved at Loomis
On June 20 at approximately 8:44 a.m., maintenance staff of the Marple Newtown School District reported a criminal mischief incident that occurred at the playground area of Loomis Elementary School. According to the report, a cement light post that lights up the walk area was toppled over and had cracked. Staff also mentioned that some of the new playground equipment was also moved around.
2 Women Take Off With Three Bags of Groceries
On June 21 at approximately 1:15 p.m., police responded to the Acme in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center for a reported theft. Police received information enroute to the Acme that two women had reportedly stolen three bags full of items, entered into a white truck and fled form the scene. Upon arrival, police spoke with an employee who told police that one of the women was carrying a child and had passed the cash registers without paying for three bags of items with another women. When the employee approached the two women outside the store, the two women ran to a white truck and fled the scene, according to the report. Police are further investigating this incident.
2 Men Cited For Soliciting
On June 21 at approximately 5:41 p.m., police received a report of two solicitors in the area of Williamsburg and Lee streets. Police were able to locate the two solicitors on Jamestown Road. The two solicitors, who told police they worked for Urban Developments Solution out of Michigan/Indiana/Georgia, told police that Tuesdays and Thursdays were “no sales” days and apparently just “talk nice” to people on those days, according to the report. Police issued citations.
Pitbull Mix Attacks Labrador on Davis Avenue
On June 19 at approximately 9:07 p.m., police received a report that a man and his wife were walking their Labrador on a leash on Davis Avenue when an unleashed, brown/black pitbull mix came at them and attacked their labrador. According to the report, the man had to physically separate the two dogs. The Labrador had sustained a gash or possible bite wound on its rear left leg, according to the report. The Pibull’s owner came running down the street and stated that she was opening her front door when the dog escaped after seeing the Labrador on the street, according to the report. Animal control was notified of this incident.
$80 Stolen From Car Overnight
On June 18 at approximately 10:07 a.m., a woman on the unit block of Strathaven Drive called to report that sometime overnight someone had entered her car and removed $80. According to the report, the woman believes the car was left unlocked. Police are further investigating this incident.
Rocks Thrown at Home
On June 18 at approximately 10:23 p.m., police responded to the 2100 block of Princeton Place for a report of a disorderly group throwing rock at a home. Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant who told police that he awoke to a loud bang on his front door. When the man checked, he observed a group of juveniles running from his front yard, according to the report. The man told police that this was an ongoing problem last summer. Police observed some damage to his front storm door but was unaware if it was fresh damage or from previous incidents.