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Blotter: Rogaine, 100 Gallons of Grease, Motorcycle, and More Stolen

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 Jan. 22 at approximately 6:10 p.m., Marple police responded to the Walmart for a reported retail theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the loss prevention officer who told police she observed a woman go into the shoe department and put on a pair of shoes from the shelf and continued walking around the store. While she was walking around the store, the woman began eating several items from the shelves, passed all sales registers and failed to pay for those items. The woman was arrested and taken to Marple Police Station. A background check revealed the woman had three prior felony convictions for retail theft. 

Man Steals 3 Bottles of Rogaine

On Jan. 16 at approximately 9 p.m., police responded to the Walmart for a reported retail theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the loss prevention officer who told police that the man in custody had removed three bottles of Rogaine from the package and conceal them in his pockets. The man then passed all cash registers and failed to pay for the items. The man was arrested and cited for retail theft. 

Wallet Taken From DCCC Library Counter

On Jan. 16 at approximately 4:40 p.m., police responded to the Delaware County Community College campus for a reported retail theft. The complainant told police that around 1 p.m. that afternoon, she left her black wallet on the counter at the college’s library. The woman realized she had left her wallet there approximately two hours later and went back but the wallet appeared to be gone and was informed that it had not been turned in. Her bank card, social security card, a credit card, and her green card were all within the wallet. No money was reported inside the wallet. 

100 Gallons of Waste Grease Stolen

On Jan. 14 at approximately 2:10 p.m., police responded to the Wings to Go parking area for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant, an employee with MOPAC–a grease recycling company–who told police he was on location to check the waste grease container and discovered that the chain had been cut on the recepticle and the waste grease had been removed. According to the employee, the theft occurred sometime in the past two weeks. The approximate amount stolen was 100 gallons of waste grease which totaled to approximately $100. Damage to the chain and lock is approximately valued at $40.

Motorcycle Stolen From Resident's Shed

On Jan. 13 at approximately 9:30 a.m., police responded to the 2900 block of Hillside Road for a reported theft. The complainant told police that his motorcycle was stolen from his shed sometime over night. The man reported that he had listed his 1998 Suzuki RM 125 dirt bike on Craigslist for sale. According to the man, someone had responded to the Craigslist ad and contacted the man via text message. The complainant then gave the person his home address via text message. That morning, the motorcycle owner discovered the latch to the rear shed in his yard had been cut and his motorcycle stolen. Tire tracks on the man’s side yard was observed from an unknown vehicle. 

Purse Stolen From Cart While Shopping

On Jan. 11 at approximately 2:05 p.m., police responded to the Walmart for a report of a stolen purse. The woman told police that she was in the women’s apparel section of the store browsing various items and stated that she had her purse in the upper part of the shopping cart. According to the woman, she never took her hands off of the shopping cart and as she turned her head to look at something, someone had allegedly taken her purse from the cart. The woman did not see the person that took her purse, according to the report. The purse contained the following items: a driver’ license, a bank card, medical insurance cards and $8.

$70 Worth of Children's Clothing Stolen

On Jan. 9 at approximately 10:20 a.m., police responded to Marshall’s for a reported retail theft. Upon arrival, police met with the store’s loss prevention officer who told police he observed a woman enter the store go to the children’s department where she selected merchandise and then concealed it all inside her purse. The woman then proceeded to pass all the cash registers, failing to pay for the concealed items. The total amount of merchandise taken is $70.96. According to the report, the woman falsely identified herself to the loss prevention officer. The woman was correctly identified by her driver’s license and was transported back to police 

Man Fails to Pay For $173 Worth of Merch

On Jan. 7 at approximately 8:10 p.m., police responded to Home Depot for a reported retail theft. Upon arrival, police met with the store’s loss prevention officer who stated he watched a man open some packages and place the contents in his pockets. The man then went to self checkout and while at the checkout area, the man did not scan everything that was in his cart. According to the report, the man then left the self checkout area and headed towards the exit. The man was stopped and brought back to the store. The total value of stolen merchandise is $173. The man was transported back to police headquarters. Upon further investigation, police discovered a small, blue wax paper bundle containing a white powdery substance located in the man’s wallet along with a small straw. The suspected Heroin was placed into evidence. 

iPhone Taken From Treadmill at Planet Fitness

On Jan. 7 at approximately 4:35 p.m., police responded to the Planet Fitness on Springfield Road for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke to the complainant who told police she had gotten on a treadmill at around 4:05 p.m. and placed her iPhone 4S in the cup holder. When she got off the treadmill at approximately 4:25 p.m., she forgot the phone in the cup holder. At approximately 4:28 p.m., another member was seen getting on the treadmill. When police asked the man if he had taken the phone, he had denied taken the phone. Police were allowed to search the man in which no phone was found on the man. According to the surveillance video, the man was seen getting off and going into the locker room carrying a black weight belt. It was undetermined through the video whether or not the man had taken the phone.

$300 Bicycle Stolen From Garage

On Jan. 5 at approximately 3:35 p.m., a resident on the 700 block of St. Francis Drive reported that sometime in the last month someone had stolen his son’s bicycle. The bicycle was in an unlocked garage along with numerous other bicycles and motorbikes, according to the report. Nothing else appeared to have been taken, according to the report. The bike was described as a purple and silver Mirraco valued at approximately $300. 

XBox Controllers Stolen From Display Case

On Jan. 3 at approximately 2:20 p.m., police responded to Walmart for a reported retail theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the loss prevention officer who informed police that the man in custody had removed two Xbox controllers from a display and proceeded to go toward the hardware section where he opened the packages and put the controllers in his pockets. The man then passed all cash registers without paying for any of the items and was stopped by the store officer. The total value of merchandise stolen was $105.92. The man was arrested and cited for retail theft. 

JC February 05, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Wow! Walmart really attracts thieves. Maybe, the township leaders should not allow these types of stores to be open in our town. Looks like we will need more police coverage for discount stores; this means increases in taxes.
Frank T. February 05, 2013 at 04:10 PM
curious why you don't list the names and home towns of the suspects in these reports?
Jennifer Kim (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Hi Frank, Patch policy is that we only list names when someone is charged with a felony.
Frank T. February 05, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Thanks for the response. Interesting policy to intentionally omit one of the 5 W's.. even when the information is available to the public.

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