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Police Blotter: Rash of Thefts From Cars (Again), Man Steals Gas From Another Pump, and More

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.

Burglary at The Iron Shop

On May 1 at approximately 7:37 a.m. responded to on Reed Road for a burglary discovered. Upon arrival, police spoke with the owner who told police that he discovered on April 30th a rear door to the shop area was forced open and someone had entered the shop. According to the report, two 55-gallon drums filled with an estimated $5,000 worth of scrap metal was taken as well as welding tools. Police are further investigating this incident.

$4,200 Discovered Missing at Salon

On May 1 at approximately 9:27 a.m., police responded to on 57 S. Sproul Road for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met with an employee who told police when she had arrived and unlocked the salon that day, she noticed white spray paint on the floors and walls. The employee states that the front door was locked but the side door was unlocked. According to the report, $4,200 in cash was missing from under the front desk. Police are further investigating this incident.

Thefts From Cars Around Lawrence Park Section

On May 1 at approximately 12:12 p.m., a resident on the 400 block of Warren Blvd. reported that on the weekend of April 15, someone had entered his vehicle and stole a Garmin Nuvi. According to police, the car appeared to have been unlocked.

On April 24 at approximately 8:42 p.m., police responded to the 200 block of Durley Dr. for a reported theft discovered from a vehicle. Upon arrival, police spoke to the resident who informed police that two of the homeowner’s vehicles parked in the driveway of the home were entered and gone through sometime during the night on April 21. A Garmin GPS was missing but an MP3 player was not taken. No sign of force entry was observed, according to the report. Police are further investigating this incident.

On April 23 a approximately 8:56 a.m., police responded to a residence on Durley Dr. for a reported theft discovered from a vehicle parked in the driveway of the home. A Garmin GPS (valued at approximately $100) with a charger, an 160GB iPod (valued at approximately $400), and $40 were taken from the owner’s wallet, which was also in the vehicle. No sign of force entry was observed, according to the report. Police are further investigating this incident.

On April 23 at approximately 5:40 p.m., police responded to the 200 block of Cranbourne Dr. for a reported theft from a vehicle. Upon arrival, police spoke with the resident who informed police someone had removed a Toshiba computer and two screw guns in a case from his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight. Police are further investigating this incident.

On April 22 at approximately 11:20 a.m., police received a report from a resident on the 200 block of Cornwall Dr. of a theft from a vehicle in which two GPS units were stolen from two of the homeowner’s vehicles. Both were approximately valued at $150 each. Both vehicles were reported unlocked, according to the report. The homeowner reported that one vehicle had cigarette ash left in the vehicle. Police are further investigating this incident.

On April 19 at approximately 7:45 a.m., police responded to the 400 block of Lyndhurst Dr. for a reported theft from a vehicle discovered. Upon arrival, police spoke with the resident who told police that sometime overnight someone had rummaged through both of his vehicle which were parked and unlocked in the driveway of the home. Approximately $5 in change in the center console and $25 in change were taken from a red change purse inside on vehicle. Approximately another $10 in change was stolen from the other vehicle. Police are further investigating this incident.

Woman With Toddler Caught For Retail Theft

On April 30 at approximately 4:43 p.m., police responded to the in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met with the loss/prevention officer who stated she had observed a woman with a 2-year-old daughter concealing merchandise within her baby stroller, according to the report. According to the report, the woman went to the cash registers to checkout and paid for several items, and proceeded to leave the store without paying for the other merchandise concealed in the baby stroller. The woman was stopped outside the store by the loss/prevention officer. The total amount stolen was $46.94. The woman was issued a non-traffic citation for retail theft.

50-75 Bottles of Perfume Stolen

On April 28 at approximately 2:42 p.m., police responded to the for a reported theft. Police spoke with the manager who told police that sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., 50-75 bottles of high-end perfume were discovered stolen. Upon reviewing the store surveillance camera, police observed someone enter the store and proceed immediately to the perfume aisle, opening up the two lock to the perfume case and exit the store. The person returns with another woman and obtain two carts which they place Hallmark bags in, according tot he report. They then both enter the perfume aisle and proceed to fill the bags when the aisle is clear with 50-75 bottles of perfume. According to the report, the duo push the carts out of the aisle and exit the store through the side door with the Hallmark bags. The approximate value stolen is over $2,000. Police are further investigating this incident.

Thefts/Damages From Cars at Planet Fitness

On April 26 at approximately 10 p.m., a man came into the police station to report a vandalism incident. The man reported damage to his driver’s side lock while parked in the parking lot. According to the report, the lock was punched out making the door unlocked for someone to enter the vehicle. However, nothing was reported stolen including a GPS unit and some change left in the center console of the vehicle. Police are further investigating this incident.

On April 26 at approximately 10 p.m., a resident reported a theft from a vehicle while parked at the Planet Fitness parking lot. The vehicle owner reported damage to her driver’s side lock while parked in the Planet Fitness parking lot. According to the report, the lock was punched out, making the door unlocked. Though nothing appeared to have been rummaged through inside the vehicle, the woman reported a purse was stolen out of the trunk. Inside the purse was a wallet containing approximately $30, a driver’s license and four credit cards. Police are further investigating this incident.

$20 Stolen From Car

On April 26 at approximately 1:13 p.m., police received a report of a theft from a vehicle on the 100 block of Springton Mews that was parked in the resident’s driveway the night before. According to the report, when the vehicle owner had entered the car that morning, the center console and glove compartment were ransacked with CDs dumped out and $20 in cash was reported stolen. Police are further investigating this incident.

Bushes Stolen From Development

On April 26 at approximately 7:11 p.m., police responded to the unit block of Trout Run Drive for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the resident who told police that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. earlier that day, someone had stolen two planted Azalea bushes, valued at approximately $90 from the front garden of the Paxon Chase Development entrance. According to the woman, the bushes were planted and paid for by the Paxon Chase Homeowners Association.

Four Women Involved in Theft at T.J. Maxx

On April 26 at approximately 8:58 p.m., police responded to the T.J. Maxx in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center for a reported retail theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the loss/prevention officer who stated that she observed four women in the children’s section of the store selecting numerous pieces of children’s Polo brand clothing. According to the report, the four women were then observed splitting up within the store and began concealing the merchandise separately. All four women were identified from Philadelphia, three of whom face various charges of retail theft, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. A total value of approximately $550 worth of merchandise was stolen. Three of the women await a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Court Judge Robert D'Agostino in on June 4.

Doormats, Flowers, and Plants Missing

On April 25 at approximately 7:13 p.m., a resident on the 100 block of Hearth Ave. reported that someone had stolen her doormat and dumped trash in her flower bed as well as six flats of flowers valued at approximately $180-$200 were missing.

On April 25 at approximately 8:10 p.m., police received a report from a resident on the 2700 block of Old Cedar Grove Rd., who reported that a doormat, a couple of plotted plants and nine bags of top soil missing from her home. The doormat was valued at approximately $40-50.

Pipes Stolen From Residence

On April 23 at approximately 4:58 p.m., police responded to a residence on the 2500 block of Gilbert Street for a reported burglary. Upon arrival, police met with the property owner. The property owner and inspector of the residence told police he had arrived at approximately 4:45 p.m. to conduct a weekly inspection and immediately noticed the doorknob and attached lock box to the interior door both broken off and missing. The man went to the basement and immediately noticed several sections of drainage pipe and pipes from the hot water heater missing, according to the report. Nothing else was reported stolen. Police are further investigating this incident.

Three Cases of Power Tools Stolen

On April 21 at approximately 2:39 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of Beechtree Dr. for a theft just discovered. According to the report, a witness heard and saw two men in the back of his father’s work truck parked in the driveway. When the complainant had yelled at the two men, they allegedly took off running and drove off in a green minivan. According to the report, the two men stole three tool cases containing several power tools. Police are further investigating this incident.

Man Steals Gas From Another Pump

On April 21 at approximately 11:45 a.m., a man came into the police station to report that he was pumping gas at the station on West Chester Pike and gave the cashier $30 to be applied toward his gas pump, according to the report. When he went back to his vehicle to pump gas to his vehicle, the man noticed another man pumping from the same gas pump to that man’s vehicle. According to the report, the complainant stated that the man had bypassed all the other empty pump stations and specifically used his pump station, pumping $17.57 worth of diesel gas into that man’s vehicle. When the complainant approached the man asking him what he was doing, the man said he had paid for the pump with his own credit card, ignored him and drove away, according to the report. When the complainant looked at the gas pump, the man noticed only $12.43 was left of his prepaid $30 for gas.

JC May 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Seems like a lot of the retail burglaries had to be inside jobs. How would an outsider know where the valuables are. Employers might consider re-evaluating their pool of prospective applicants. Hire locals... it helps the community!
L. Ferguson May 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD LEAVE THEIR VEHICLE UNLOCKED ANYWHERE, ESPECIALLY IF IT HAS EXPENSIVE GADGETS! ALSO, THE SITUATION REGARDING THE PLANET FITNESS PARKING LOT: THIS HAS BEEN AN ON-GOING PROBLEM. ANY SUGGESTIONS FROM THE MARPLE POLICE? THE BREAK-INS MUST BE HURTING PLANET FITNESS. IT DOES SOUND 'FISH'Y THOUGH....MAYBE AN INSIDE JOB????
Jennifer May 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I feel like ever since the Walmart in Marple Crossroads has opened there's been an increase in crime. I don't ever remember reading about this many incidents on the Patch before then. I don't know if its from the clientele they've been attracting or the employees they've been hiring but most crimes seem to be happening more along the Broomall / Springfield side then near the Broomall / Newtown Square side. I'm just saying........ As for Planet Fitness, wouldn't it be smart to install parking lot camera's so that we can catch these thieves & FINALLY put a stop to this !!
JDBroomall May 08, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Jen, I totally agree. When I heard they were building the Walmart, I knew crime would go up and property value down. It's sad to see, but it's only going to get worse. I also notice a lot more trash on the streets and shady people roaming the area.

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