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Police Blotter: Mob of Women Shop, Steal, BBQ Sauce on Private Property, Harley Davidson Stolen

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.

Woman Steals Flatscreen TVs From Walmart

On Oct.  26 a 10:07 p.m., employees reported a theft of flat planet televisions. According to , an employee observed a short woman, wearing Muslim headwear, in her early twenties, enter the store and appeared to be the same description of a woman who stole televisions the evening before. The employee told police they saw the woman with what appeared to have several flatscreen TVs in her shopping cart and pass the cashier without paying. The employee approached the woman after observing this, in which the woman ran outside into the parking lot. A couple of employees observed a white SUV leave the parking. Upper Providence police were also notified.

Dispute, Assault in Front of Home Depot

On Oct. 25 at 12:42 p.m., police responded to the in Broomall for a reported assault. Police spoke to the man who reported the incident and stated that a black Ford Expedition was blocking the entrance to the store and gestured to the driver to say, "Think and use your head," pointing to his own head. According to police, the driver of the Expedition backed up and exited the vehicle, exchanging words with the other man. The driver then spit on the other’s vehicle and then vice versa, said police. The driver of the Expedition then shoved the other man. The man notified police in which the driver of the Expedition fled the scene. Upper Providence police were notified and located the Expedition in the parking lot of 1400 N. Providence Road. The driver was cited for disorderly conduct and harassment.

Vehicle, Real Estate Sign Get Saucy

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.

GPS, iPod Touch Stolen From Vehicle

On Oct. 24 at 4:36 p.m., police responded to a home on Ann Road for a reported theft from a vehicle. Police spoke with the caller, who stated that he parked his car at 10 p.m. the night before, according to the incident report. The man was able to recover his car and told police he noticed that things were amiss in his car, discovering his Tom Tom GPS and his iPod Touch were missing. He told police he had locked his car and no signs of forced entry were observed on the vehicle, said police.

Woman Lunches at Panera Bread, Discovers Missing Credit Cards, Cash

On Oct. 23 at 7:14 p.m., police received a call about a theft from a purse. The caller told police that he and his wife had lunch at earlier that afternoon between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The man told police they sat down adjacent to three women, in which they believe at least one of the women had removed four credit cards and $40 in cash from his wife’s wallet inside her purse during that time. According to the man, his wife’s purse was hanging by its strap over the back of her chair. The three women left before they had left the business. The couple were notified of a suspicious transaction by one of the credit card companies shortly after they returned home from Panera Bread. Two credit cards were both used, one for $400 and the other for $700 but only one transaction went through, said police. According to police, the man was notified that the purchase was made at a Nordstrom in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Mob of Women Enter Store, Shop and Steal

On Oct. 22 at 4:16 p.m., a Carter’s employee at the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center called to report a retail theft. The employee told police about 10 women had entered the store and were concealing items in bags that they carried into the store with them. The employee identified the women as the same group who had stolen several items at the store on pervious occasions, said police. According to the employee, some of the women enter the store and try to distract the staff while others in the group take items from the store. One woman was identified on the security camera wearing a white sweater, jeans and tan boots. The employee said she took a baby pram, valued at $30, and placed it in her bag before leaving the store. Police made contact with the woman who was inside the Old Navy in which she did not have the item on her. Police spoke to an employee at the Old Navy who said there was a large group in the store and when she went to the boys section where they were, she found items off the hangers and thrown on the floor, said police.

Woman Denies Stealing Cell Phone, Blames Granddaughter

On Oct. 22 at 5:39 p.m., police responded to the for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke to the woman who reported the incident, and told police that someone had taken her cell phone from the bathroom at the store. The woman told police she accidentally left her cell phone in the bathroom and when she went back to get the phone a short time later, it was gone. When she checked the bathroom for the phone, the woman told police she found her pink cell phone cover in the trash can covered by paper towels. According to police, the store manager quickly reviewed the store video and saw only a woman and a small child who entered the bathroom since the other woman had been there. Police were able to stop the woman outside the Dollar Tree and asked her if she had used the bathroom inside the store and said she had with her granddaughter. Police asked her twice whether she saw a cell phone that had been left there and repeatedly told police she had not. Police then proceeded to call the stolen cell phone, in which the phone began to ring in the woman’s pocket. The woman then told police her granddaughter took the phone while they were in the bathroom. The woman was taken into custody, pending summons due to childcare issues. Charges were filed.

Harley Davidson Stolen From Resident's Garage

On Oct. 21 at 1:06 p.m., police responded to South Sproul Road for a report of the sound of broken glass. Police made contact with a homeowner who told police that he had just discovered that his 1977 black Harley Davidson was gone from his garage. Police observed on the ground at the foot of the garage door were the broken motion sensor lights. Police said the remote garage door opener sensor was ripped out of the garage door itself. In addition, police observed there were a few “chunks” taken out of the blacktop driveway that led to the garage as well as some fresh scratch marks that appeared to be made by some sort of ramp device in the driveway. The model of the bike is an FLHS black bike with a windshield, black leather solo seat, white hard saddle bags, extra chrome on the pipe area and a purple antique plate. The estimated value is $15,000. Police are further investigating this incident.

Man Denies Stealing Groceries From Giant

On Oct. 18 at 6:53 p.m., police responded to for a retail theft. Police were notified that a man in a yellow shirt was walking up the ramp, south on Springfield Road, carrying bags from Giant. Police stopped the man carrying the grocery bags walking on Springfield Road by Harmil Road. When police asked for a receipt for the merchandise, the man told police that he "must’ve dropped it.” Police then asked how much he paid for the merchandise, in which the man replied, “about $47” and said he paid exact change when police further asked to see the change he received back from the purchase. According to police, the man had no money on him and told police he pays at the self-checkout counter and changed the purchase amount to $52. Police brought the man back to Giant in which the employee was able to positively identify him as the man who had stolen the groceries. The man was taken back to police headquarters for processing.

Giant Employee Steals From Store Since 2010

On Oct. 14, police responded to the Giant on Springfield Road for a reported employee theft. Police spoke with the store officer who stated that a female employee had been stealing from the store since her hire date in June of 2010. The store was in the process of reviewing video of the thefts to obtain a total, said police. The employee had written a statement admitting her thefts. She was arrested and transported back to the police station. The total amount of stolen merchandise that could be proven was $403.07.

Couple Collaborates and Steals From Acme

On Oct. 15 at 10:35 a.m., two individuals involved in a theft of store merchandise–Red Bull, baby formula and detergent–were arrested and detained. The total loss that was recovered was $228.71 in merchandise. Statements were received by the witness, off-duty police officer, and an Acme store employee. Heather Sullivan and her boyfriend, were both observed to be acting together as conspirators, said police. Heather Sulliven is on probation and has six warrants on her offenses. Her boyfriend has only had a prior 2008 DUI arrest and received ARD. The man took majority of the blame for his theft. The only item removed from the woman’s purse and not returned was liquid Methadone which claimed that a doctor in Chester had given to her.

Officer's Wallet Gets Stolen at Wedding Reception

On Oct. 15 at 11:16 p.m., a federal probation bfficer reported that she was at a family wedding reception at that evening when she left her purse at her table and walked away. When she got home, she realized that her wallet was missing inside her purse. Her badge as well as her credit card, key access card to her office and her driver’s license were all reported missing.

Michele Marie October 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Regarding the walmart and carter's thefts - That is what you get putting Walmart, Burlington coat Factory and K & G Fashions in a shopping center. I have not shopped in that center since Burlington Coat Factory opened, I think it is unsafe and it cheapens the area. It's a shame for the marple newtown police who have to patrol that shopping center with all that crime.

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