Marple Newtown Patch's weird news had one thing in common in 2011: it involved the local police departments.
In 2011, and townships' blotters were filled with some minor and major crimes. But every now and then, something happens that leaves you shaking your head.
Here is our list of the top five most bizarre/weird crime stories in Marple Newtown in 2011.
A Newtown Square man who hired a transvestite prostitute via Craigslist had his car stolen by the same man, who then tried to sell it back to him, according to a recent release from the .
At 4 p.m. on Nov. 7, Newtown police were conducting surveillance at the prearranged purchase site, at which point the victim received a call from an officer at the Port Authority Police Department. The officer told the victim that she had stopped the victim's truck at the Lincoln Tunnel and found the vehicle to be reported stolen.
According to the officer, the driver of the vehicle was wearing a long wig and dressed as a female. The driver of the vehicle initially identified himself as a female, giving a female name, but was identified through fingerprints as a 27-year-old male from New Jersey. The victim later identified the driver as the same man whom he had hired as a prostitute, according to the police report.
On Oct. 25 at 9:44 p.m., police responded to a home on Willowbrook Drive for a reported criminal mischief incident. Upon arrival, police were told by the homeowner that sometime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. that evening, someone had poured BBQ sauce all over her daughter’s vehicle which was parked in front of their home.
On Oct. 26 at 2:45 a.m., police were on patrol in the unit block of Sunan Road when they observed another criminal mischief incident similar to the Willowbrook Drive incident involving BBQ sauce. Police observed a large amount of toilet paper in the trees at the residence as well as BBQ sauce all over the ‘For Sale’ sign on the front lawn of the home on Sunan Road.
On Aug. 1 at 2:24 p.m., police received report that someone had robbed a lemonade stand on North New Ardmore Avenue in Broomall. At noon that day, a man in a red Mustang pulled up to the stand, pushed the proprietor into the bushes, and stole a blue solo cup containing four dollars, before taking off. The victim didn't call the police immediately because of the paltry sum stolen.
On June 11 at approximately 9:40 a.m., police responded to 456 South Park Way in Broomall to check a suspicious incident about a naked man jumping in front of vehicles on South Park Way, according to the incident report. The man, identified as a thin, light-haired, approxiamtely 20-year-old male hid in the bushes by 456 South Park Way and exposed himself when cars passed by, said police. According to police the same report was made on Memorial Day. Police were unable to make contact witht he male. Extra patrols were requested. Police are investigating this incident futher.
Chief Dennis Anderson said a maintenance worker from the condominiums was working outside his truck on Jan. 19 when he dodged a car that was coming down the hill out of the condominium complex.
However another car came down the same hill but slid down the hill due to icy road conditions, said Anderson, in which the worker dodged the second car by ducking behind his truck.
The second vehicle lost control of the wheel due to poor road conditions and hit the worker's maintenance truck, which was sitting on top of a bed of slush and ice.
The impact of the car collision spun the truck around in which the truck's attached plow hit both of the worker's legs causing "severe cuts on both," said Anderson. No other severe injuries were reported.