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Blotter: Thefts at Game Stop, Pep Boys, DCCC, More

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 Oct. 4 at approximately 8:20 a.m., Marple police responded to the Pep Boys on Springfield Road for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met with the service manager who stated that a customer towed his Cadillac on Sept. 25 for service in which the diagnostic test cost $157.21. According to the report, the manager told the vehicle owner that the car needed a new engine and was not drivable. On Friday, Sept. 28, employees witnessed an unknown tow truck removing the man’s Cadillac from the Pep Boys parking lot. According to the report, Pep Boys employees have not been able to contact the man with both numbers listed. Police are further investigated this incident.

XBox Controllers Stolen at Game Stop

On Oct. 2 at approximately 7:20 p.m., police responded to the Game Stop in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the store manager who pointed towards two men that had just walked by the store and stated they were the two that had allegedly stolen from the store earlier. Police stopped the two men, one of whom was in a wheelchair. After speaking with the store manager, it was discovered that the man in the wheelchair had entered the store and took three Xbox controllers and left without paying, according to the report. The total amount for the controllers was valued at $84.97. According to the report, the second man then entered the store a short time later and sold the controllers back to the store at a used price of $19.80. The two men admitted the theft after speaking with police, according to the report. The men handed over $19.80 to police which was returned to the store. Both men were arrested and cited for retail theft.

Woman Cuts Sensors Off Merchandise 

On Sept. 26 at approximately 1:50 p.m., police responded to the T.J. Maxx in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center for a reported theft. Police met with the store loss prevention officer who told police that a woman was witnessed cutting the theft sensors off of merchandise. The woman continued on with other merchandise, then concealing it under a large baby bag, according to the report. The woman then proceeded to exit the store without paying for the items concealed, according to the report. The woman was arrested and cited for retail theft.

Apple Computers, Accessories Stolen at DCCC

On Sept. 22 at approximately 10:35 a.m., police responded to Delaware County Community College for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met with school security who informed them that two Apple Mac mini computers valued at $3,778 each; two Apple extended keyboards valued at $50 each; and one Apple extended mouse valued at $50 was reported missing from various buildings on campus. According to the report, all items were removed from unsecured areas of the school. Police are further investigating this incident. 

Newspaper Vending Machine Stolen

On Sept. 21 at approximately 2:50 pm., police responded to Maneuvers News Stand at 757 West Sproul Road in Springfield for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met with the manager who told police that the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News vending machine was stolen from the rear of the store. The theft occurred around 5:40 a.m. that day, according to the report. A surveillance video was taken of the incident, in which it was discovered that a white Ford van with ladder racks and no side windows was observed pulling up to the rear of the store. A man was seen exiting the van, walking the machine over to the van and lifting it into the side doors. The van then pulled away from the dumpster at Sproul Lanes bowling alley. Police are further investigating this incident.

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