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MNHS Substitute Teacher Charged With Theft

A preliminary hearing for Joceyln Murphy, 29, of Edgmont, has been set for June 21 before Magisterial District Court Judge Leon Hunter.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–On April 9 at approximately 12:09 p.m., responded to the construction site located in the rear of for a report of a theft from a vehicle.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim who told police that they had observed a woman wearing a shirt with a pink flower print, black pants, high heels and sunglasses, opening the passenger side door to his Jeep Wrangler that was parked in the school's back parking lot, according to the incident report.

According to police, when the victim checked the interior of his Jeep when the woman had left, he discovered his center console open and his Serengeti sunglasses, three pack of Marlboro menthol cigarettes, loose change and a black compact disk storage case containing approximately 200 CDs missing.

The estimated loss of the stolen items is $3,178, according to the report.

According to the report, the high school school security officer and a custodian reported that they, too, had observed the woman try to open at least three different vehicle doors in the student parking lot from the faculty room.

When the security officer tried to stop the woman, the woman drove around the security officer and ignored his request to stop, according to the report. The security officer recognized the woman as the same person who had entered the school as a substitute teacher that morning, said police.

When police contacted the woman, identified as Jocelyn Murphy, 29, of Edgmont, she told police she had arrived at the school around 7:20 a.m. to work as a substitute teacher in the research room and told police she had left the school at 12 p.m., according to the report.

Murphy denied trying to enter any of the vehicles in the student parking lot, said police. When police asked what she wore to school that morning, the woman told police she wore a shirt with a pink flower print, black pants and high heels–the same description that was described by the victim.

Murphy faces four charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition. She is scheduled to appear in court before Magisterial District Judge Leon Hunter of on June 21 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Note: Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate a conviction.

mimi May 02, 2012 at 06:47 AM
but nothing was said if she had these on her or did they find them on her person?
Loves LIfe May 13, 2012 at 06:00 AM
It is very interesting how police reports can be incorrect, lacking of proof, and sometimes even include lies. How about our brilliant author who didn't take the time to consider the lack of evidence in this case. I know the accused and anyone who knows her knows that she is an amazing teacher who has been kind, diligent, and filled with love in changing jobs. She was charged incorrectly and was never and will never be "caught". Seriously a substitute wanted to rob a school parking lot where she was working? My bet is that the accused has all charges dropped, that the "victim" will be charged with insurance fraud, filing a false police report and then sued. Marple Newtown High School employees who falsified information and created an environment for others to make up stories just to be a part of the buzz, they will be sued for attack character and both will pay into the loss of wages owed the innocent who was wrongly accused. Marple Newtown Police Station should also be preparing for the storm of litigation that is going to be sent there way leaving a crime scene without a single piece of physical evidence. Especially since I'm sure that very soon it will come to light that the "victim" is a fraud, that Officer Dougherty is a liar, manipulator and prejudiced and there are dramatics as well as inappropriate contact with their students, amongst the school staff, the 'officer' and the 'janitor'. Now here is a real story, "Student Teacher offered Heroin by High School Officer."
Loves LIfe May 13, 2012 at 06:03 AM
The innocent shall be free and those who lie shall be about the same as one burning in hell.
19073 resident May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
i don't know loves life, three separate witness's, missing property, I think this woman got caught. Why would three separate people be reporting a lie to the Police. My guess is that this "teacher" will be held on theft charges, and will need to find a new line of work
19073 resident May 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM
My guess is, "Loves Life" is the accused in this incident

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