Police Blotter: Stolen Vehicle, Meat Thief, Home and Vehicle Thefts

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.

Vehicle Stolen in Front of Home

On Sept. 21 just before 9 a.m., responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue for a reported stolen vehicle. The resident of the home told police that his cousin’s 1997 Dodge Stratus was removed from his driveway sometime overnight. According to police, the resident had been storing the vehicle at his home for his cousin. The man told police that the keys for the car were inside the car and was left unlocked while parked in the driveway. Police were able to recover the car and discovered it in the driveway to the lower fields around between Third and Fourth avenues. There was a key in the ignition but the car’s battery had died, according to police.

Cash Stolen From Reception Desk of Medical Facility

On Sept. 15 at approximately 9:20 a.m., police responded to the medical facility at 3740 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the office manager who told police that $295 in cash was removed from an envelope at the reception desk sometime after 3:30 p.m. the day before, which is when it was last seen. The manager told police she believed the incident occurred sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. during afternoon office appointments. Police are further investigation this incident.

Man Steals Hundreds Of Dollars Worth of Meat

On Sept. 13 at 1:32 p.m., police responded to the store on 3590 West Chester Pike for a reported theft in progress. The thief was described as a white male, wearing a red t-shirt and jeans. The man was still in the store attempting to steal meat inside the supermarket when police arrived to the scene. The man left the store where he was immediately detained by police. The store manager was able to secure the shopping cart and totaled up to $177.13 worth of meat stolen. Michael Benedetti, 44, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with theft. Upon detaining Benedetti, police discovered a straight, glass smoking pipe in his pant's pocket as well as three plastic shopping bags. According to the store manager, Benedetti had entered the store at approximately 1:25 p.m. that day, in which several other store employees recognized him as he had entered the store on three previous occasions and removed meat from the store without paying. According to the store manager, Benedetti had entered the store on Sept. 9, stealing several packages of meat totaling to $220.36; on Sept. 10 with several stolen meat totaling to $283.32; and on Sept. 12 with several stolen meat totaling to $188.88.

$2,480 Worth of Cash and Items Taken From Home

On Sept. 12 just before 2 p.m., police responded to the 3500 block of Rhoads Avenue for a reported burglary. The resident of the home told police she was in the process of renovating the home and had a plumber, an electrician, a flooring man, and a glass installer all having access to the home on numerous occasions when the she was not home. The week prior, the woman told police she came home and found a drawer in a bureau in her upstairs bedroom partially open. She discovered that someone had tampered with an envelope that she had hid in the drawer, containing $800 in cash. When she counted the money, the woman told police she discovered that the envelope only contained $180. After further search of the home, the woman told police a handmade toolbox was also missing from a basement workbench and contained approximately $1,500 worth of tools as well as a large, plastic container with various other power tools missing, valuing at approximately $1,000. Police are further investigating this incident.

$250 Worth of Pots and Pans Missing

On Sept. 9 at 10:45 a.m., a resident from the 3500 block of Rhoads Avenue came into the police station to report a theft. The resident told police that she went to her basement and discovered several pots and pans missing. According to the resident, they were being stored with other property from other renters. The approximate value stolen was $250 worth of pots and pans.

Laptop and Other Items Taken From Vehicle

On Sept. 9 at 10:45 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of Rockwood Road for a reported theft from a vehicle. Upon arrival, police met with the owner of the car, which was parked in the driveway. The owner of the Dodge Neon told police that the following items were taken from his vehicle sometime overnight: a Levo laptop computer with a charger cord, computer speakers and laptop bag, all valued at approximately $930, a poker chip set with a silver case, valued at $20, and a birth certificate. The driver stated that he usually locks his vehicle and thought he locked it the night before but could not be positive. According to police, there were no signs of forced entry to any of the vehicle’s doors indicating that the doors may have been left unlocked.

Police Pull Over Driver For Speeding, Marijuana Discovered

On Sept. 8 at approximately 9:20 a.m., police was conducting a speed timing detail on the 400 block of Media Line Road when they discovered a Kia driving southbound was timed at approximately 40 mph in a 25 mph designated zone. When police pulled over the driver, they noted a smell of marijuana coming out of the vehicle. Police asked the 52-year-old woman from Aston, to step out of the vehicle for a search of marijuana, in which they discovered a pink bag with a small, clear, plastic bag containing what police believed to be marijuana. In addition to the suspected marijuana, two packages of wrapping paper were also in the drawstring bag, said police. Police also found a small pipe with the bag. The woman told police that she had not smoked marijuana recently and that the marijuana belonged to her son. Police advised her that a summons will be issued to her for being charged with marijuana and paraphernalia in addition to the moving violation. She was released from the scene.

Police Make DUI Arrest on Route 3

On Sept. 3 at approximately 11:25 p.m., police discovered a Honda Accord traveling eastbound around the 3500 block of West Chester Pike/Rt. 3, swerving to the left lane and almost striking other vehicles occupied in the left lane. Police observed the driver make a sudden right turn without signaling at Springfield Road and Rt. 3. Police performed field sobriety tests on Jin-Hee Cho, 46, of Drexel Hill in which she failed all three tests. Police performed a breathalyzer test on Cho which recorded a 0.15 percent blood alcohol content. She was arrested for DUI and transported to Springfield Hospital for blood withdrawal.


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