Police Blotter: Liquor Thief, Salon Burglarized, Heroin Overdose, Attempted Home Burglary in Newtown

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

Man Steals 5 Vodka Bottles

On Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m., responded to the in the Newtown Square Shopping Center for a reported theft. The manager of the store told police that a man had left the store without paying for five Ciroc Vodka bottles, valued at $32 each. The total loss for the store is approximately valued at $160.

Salon Burglarized, Cash Stolen

On Dec. 11 at 10:20 a.m., police responded to on West Chester Pike/Route 3 for a reported burglary. According to the incident report, the owner of the salon told police that sometime overnight someone had smashed one of their front windows and stole their cash register and bank deposit. At 10 a.m. that morning, an employee of the salon told police that she noticed the damaged front window of the salon while driving westbound on West Chester Pike and notified the owners of the salon. According to police, the window appeared to be completely peeled away from the window frame. In addition, the receptionist’s desk had also been ransacked and a bank bag with the previous day’s receipts were taken from the scene. The cash register is valued at approximately $500 and approximately $900 in cash were taken from the scene.

Man Overdoses on Heroin

On Dec. 11 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Newtown police and Newtown Square Ambulance responded to the unit block of Columbia Avenue for a reported unconscious overdose incident. Upon arrival, police noticed Shane Costello, 27, lying unconscious on the bathroom floor and unresponsive. According to the incident report, Costello's father discovered him unconscious in the bedroom and pulled him into the bathroom in an attempt to revive him. Upon further investigation, police discovered several open plastic bags of what appeared to be heroin, along with two unopened plastic bags, in Costello’s bedroom, which appeared to be in plain sight from the hallway, said police. Costello was transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital and was charged and arrested on two counts of prohibited acts and/or penalties in the premise of intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance by a person not registered under this act and for the possession with the intent to use the drug paraphernalia for the purpose of growing, cultivating, injecting, packing storing, inhaling, etc.

Drunk Man Walsk Along Media Line Road, Causes Traffic Hazard

On Dec. 11 at 10 p.m., police responded to the 100 block of Media Line Road for a reported public drunkenness. The  31-year-old Broomall man, wearing an Eagles jersey, was staggering in traffic and causing a traffic hazard, according to the incident report. Police discovered the man lying on the steps of the on Media Line Road and a strong odor of alcohol was detected from the man, said police. The man was arrested and cited for public drunkenness. Police also discovered five American Eagle 1999 silver dollars, several pairs of gold earrings, a silver ring, three shirts with hangars still on them and red pouch that contained rosary beads in them on the man. Police are further investigating this incident.

Mailbox Ripped From Post, Thrown Into Pile of Leaves

On Dec. 3 at 9:50 p.m., police responded to the unit block of Papermill Lane for a criminal mischief incident reported. Upon arrival, police spoke with the homeowner who told police that he discovered that his mailbox was ripped off the post and thrown into a pile of leaves in front of his home. The damage to the mailbox was valued at approximately $300.

19-Year-Old Found With Unprescribed Vicodin Pill

On Dec. 2 at approximately 11 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of Barren Road for a reported domestic incident between a mother and son. also responded to the incident. According to police, the was and his girlfriend were outside the home locked out with the mother inside. The girlfriend, Caitlin Handline, 19, of Broomall, was found in her car outside the home and later admitted to having one Vicodin pill in her possession after being questioned by Marple police, according to the incident report. Marple police told Newtown police that Handline did not have a prescription for the pill and told police she had gotten the pill through one of her boyfriend’s friends. Handline was charged and arrested for prohibited acts and/or penalties.

Four Windows Damaged at 4-H Club

On Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., police were contacted about a criminal mischief incident reported at the 4-H Club of Delaware County on the property on Bishop Hollow Road. According to the incident report, approximately four windows were damaged to the barn of the club and appeared to have been possibly shot at with “some type of firearm,” said police. The damage of the windows is valued at approximately $250.

Car Veers Out of Control, Mounts Sidewalk, Hits Mailbox

On Dec. 1 at 7:40 p.m., police responded to the southbound lanes of Malley Street and the westbound lanes of Media Line Road for a reported two-vehicle crash involving two people. According to police, a 59-year-old man, from Philadelphia, driving a Jetway Transport Dodge Caravan taxi was driving south on Malley Street and stopped at the stop sign at Media Line Road. Police said he had intended to make a left turn onto Media Line Road from Malley Street and proceeded to pull into the path of another vehicle, a Saturn SL, driven by a 55-year-old man from Havertown. According to police, the Havertown driver told police he swerved to his left to avoid the other vehicle but could not avoid the crash. Upon impact, the Saturn SL veered out of control, mounting the sidewalk on the south side of the roadway and striking a mailbox, said police. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by 's Auto Service. Roads were partially closed for less than 30 minutes.

Driver Hits Car, Leaves Scene Without Stopping  

On  Nov. 30 at approximately 8:10 p.m., police responded to the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue and West Chester Pike/Route 3 for a reported hit-and-run incident that had occurred. The victim told police he was traveling along Bryn Mawr Avenue towards Route 3 when he noticed a vehicle traveling closely behind his vehicle. When the victim stopped at the red light at the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Route 3, Thomas Diorio, 51, of West Chester struck the victim in the rear bumper, according to the incident report. Police said Diorio then pulled along the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle and gave the victim the "middle finger" before making a right onto Route 3. According to police, the victim had followed Diorio to the intersection of Route 3 and Providence Road and waited for police there. On Dec. 5, police were able to make contact with Diorio who admitted that he had struck the rear of the victim’s vehicle and left the scene without exchanging information because he “panicked” and was “tired from working,” said police. Diorio was arrested and charged for being involved in an accident with damage attended to the vehicle, failure to give information and render aid and for careless driving.

Attempted Home Burglary

On Nov. 28 at 2:12 p.m., police responded to the 300 block of Oak Hill Lane for an attempted home burglary reported. Upon arrival, police spoke with the owners of the home who told police that they had just returned home from being away for about a week when they discovered someone had tried to force open a window in their home. According to police, there was some minor damage to the window and the frame but appeared that no entry was made and the window could be secured.


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