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Police Blotter: Home Burglary, Radios Stolen From Firehouse, Bike Stolen From Teen

The following information has been supplied by the Marple Police Department. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

Radios Stolen From Firehouse

On March 27 at approximately 3:27 p.m., received information of a reported theft of four portable radios from, and owned by, the . All radios were taken within the past 30 days, according to the report. Each radio is valued at approximately $750. Police are further investigating this incident.

Mat Stolen In Front of New Skin Care Center

On March 26 at approximately 1:44 p.m., police responded to the that just opened in Broomall for a reported theft. According to the report, sometime between Saturday morning and that day at approximately 9 a.m., someone had taken the front door mat to the business. The mat is valued at approximately $40. Police are further investigating this incident.

Alleged Theft at Nursing Home

On March 25 at approximately 4:17 p.m., police responded to for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with complainant who told police he was dropping off his mother-in-law at the nursing home and discovered suspicious purchases made on her bank card. According to the report, a purchase of $63.29 was discovered on her Wells Fargo card at . The mother-in-law confirmed she had not made any purchases on the card. According to the report, the family members believe an employee at the nursing home had stolen the woman’s card from her purse while she was sleeping, filled their gas tank at Broomall Gas, and then returned the card to the woman’s purse. Police are further investigating this incident.

Wire Cutters Allegedly Used in Retail Theft

On March 25 at approximately 5:21 p.m., police responded to the in the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the store officer who had Ellen Crawford, 44, of Philadelphia, in custody for retail theft. Crawford had allegedly stolen $175 worth of merchandise from the store. Upon her arrest, police discovered a pair of wire cutters on Crawford which was confiscated for evidence. Crawford was arrested and charged for receiving stolen property, possessing an instrument of crime with intent, and retail theft.

Fraudulent Charges Made on Credit Card

On March 25 at approximately 6:28 p.m., police received a complaint from a resident who discovered $1,088.98 worth of charges made on his Visa card in February that he did not make or authorize. According to the complainant, more charges were found for March–mostly used for Paypal purchases and from online purchases in California. Police are further investigating this incident.

Home Burglary on Rutgers Drive

On March 22 at approximately 12:19 p.m., police responded to the 2200 block of Rutgers Drive for a reported suspicious incident. According to the report, police received information of a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt was seen leaving a neighbor’s home carrying several bags and the front door was now observed to be slightly open. According to the report, the man had pulled his tan colored sedan into the neighbor’s driveway and was last seen headed towards West Chester Pike/Rt. 3. Upon further investigation of the home, police discovered the rear basement door had been forced open. Police confirmed the home was burglarized and discovered several drawers in the master bedroom were open and it appeared that a jewelry box had been taken from the top of the dresser, according to the report. Police are further investigating the incident.

Diamond Ring Missing From Home

On March 19 at approximately 11:14 a.m., a woman came into the police station to report a diamond ring missing from her home. According to the report, the woman told police she had been moving into her new condo and has had several people in and out of her home. The woman told police she had left her ring on her night stand early the week prior and noticed that it was missing last Wednesday evening. The ring was described as a custom made 14-carat white gold ring with a cluster of multi-colored natural diamonds. Police are further investigating this incident.

Items Stolen From Residential Shed

On March 16, a man came into the police station to report a ratchet set, a two-step aluminum ladder, and an aluminum cooking pot missing from his shed. According to the report, the man had left the shed door unlocked overnight but told police he last remembered looking for the items about a month prior.

Bike Stolen From Teen at Wawa

On March 18 at approximately 6:01 p.m., police responded to the on Sproul Road for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke to a 14-year-old male who told police that he placed his bike up against the wall in front of the Wawa and walked into the store. According to the report, the teen police that when he walked back to the bike a short time later, he discovered his bike missing.  Employees told police that they did observe two white males and a white female take the bike in front of the store. The bike was described as a Haro with a red frame and purple and white colored parts. The value of the bike is approximately $500. Police are further investigating this incident.

Spool of Copper Wire Stolen

On March 15 at approximately 4:35 p.m., police spoke with a Pennview Avenue homeowner who told police he discovered a 150-foot copper wire taken from his home, which is the second occurrence in the past three days at the home, according to the report. After the first theft, the homeowner had moved this spool of wire to the side of his garage and placed barricades up to prevent theft of this spool of wire. According to the report, the homeowner discovered the barricades pushed over and the wire stolen. The value of the spool of wire is approximately $1,500. Police are further investigating this incident.

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