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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.

$9,500 Fraudulent Check Cashed

On July 21 at 9:33 a.m., police met with the owner of an office suite located at the Sinai Fellowship Foundation, located within the Wells Fargo building on 2701 West Chester Pike for a reported fraudulent incident. The man discovered that the checking account associated with the foundation had been compromised with four fraudulent checks made against their bank account. One of the checks was cashed for $9,500 on June 30 by a “Mike Thomas.” The three remaining checks were stopped. The man provided copies of all information that were needed to perform an investigation.

Backyard Playground Set Engulfed in Flames

On July 19 at 10:33 p.m., Marple police responded to the 300 block of South Bobbin Mill Road in Broomall for a reported fire. The fire was reported to be in the backyard of the home. Upon arrival, police were able to locate a large swing-set and children’s playhouse that was “completely engulfed in flames.” responded to the scene as well and extinguished the fire. According to police, the swing-set was completely destroyed by the fire. A section of the lawn and several shrubs were also destroyed by the fire. The cause of  the fire was unknown.

Cell Phone, iPod Stolen From Gym Locker

On July 18 at 8:48 p.m., police responded to Planet Fitness on 2920 Springfield Road for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met the victim who told police that he had been at the gym for about three hour. According to the man, he had secured his gym bag in a locker in the men’s locker room using a Master padlock. The man stated he went into the locker room at about 8 p.m., in which his locker was secure at that time. When he returned to his locker 40 minutes later, the man discovered the lock missing and the zipper from his gym bag was open. According to police, there were marks on the gm locker that may have been caused by the force used by the actor(s) to force open the lock. The actor(s) had stolen the man’s T-Mobile Google G2 cell phone and an iPod Nano. No other items were reported missing at that time. Police spoke to an employee who stated that the entrance to the men’s locker room had a video surveillance camera. The employee told police that he would make a request to save the video footage.

Vehicle Egged in Front of Home

On July 17 at 12:30 a.m., police observed a white sedan parked in front of a home of the 300 block of Hastings Boulevard with several smashed eggs around the vehicle. Police notified the homeowner of the criminal mischief incident that had occurred to her vehicle.

Vehicle, Items Stolen From Home Depot

On July 15 at 5:50 p.m., police received a call from Pennsylvania State Police-Media Barracks about a stolen vehicle from the Home Depot parking lot on 700 Reed Road.  According to the incident report, state police had stopped a stolen vehicle with three occupants and numerous items, which appeared to be stolen from the local Home Depot. State police said they believe a box of Romex wire from inside the vehicle was stolen from the Broomall within the past two days. In addition, state police believed the individuals would load a shopping cart then go to the self-checkout line. After paying only $1.48 for a drink, they would walk out with the shopping cart. State police requested that the Broomall Home Depot to check the surveillance tapes within the past few days and to document the theft or any related activity.


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