Crime Report: August 2022

8/17
Theft
4530 Kelly Dr. (Schuylkill River Trail parking lot)
8:58PM
Complainant parked his vehicle in trail lot and went for a run. When he returned, he discovered his driver-side window had been smashed ($700). He could not tell at time of incident if anything had been taken from his car. No witnesses or surveillance cameras in area.

8/16
Theft
Lincoln Dr. & Wissahickon Ave. 
7:44PM
Complainant parked her 2017 Chevy Cruz at listed location. When she returned, her back window was smashed ($350) and her black wallet ($50) was taken, which contained credit cards and ID.

Theft
3300 Henry Ave. (Eastern University)
7:20AM
Complainant parked his 2006 Honda Accord in a lot on 7/15. when he returned on 7/16, he noticed that the catalytic converter ($500) was gone.

Theft
4177 Ridge Ave. (4th Street Cookies)
3:19AM
Police responded to location for a burglary report. Upon arrival, store manager encountered front door lock forcibly broken. He stated offender took several items (cash register, $350; HP laptop, $1500; cash $500) NWDD notified. scene held. Offender fled southbound on Ridge Ave.

8/15
Theft
36XX Calumet St.
6:44AM
Complainant was working as a Lyft driver and picking up passenger (a witness). When she unlocked the door to let passenger into her black 2016 Nissan Sentra, a male who was a passenger in a small red car with two other occupants opened her front passenger door and asked for $5. She stated she didn’t have it and her passenger told him to close the door. Offender became upset and pulled out a black gun and pointed it at compl and demanded $5. Compl fled location. She stated red vehicle followed her but she got away.

8/13
Theft
35XX Calumet St.
10:30PM
Complainant claims unknown offender removed 2 plants ($80) from the pots he owns in front of his house. He has video and believes offender is his neighbor.

Carjacking
36XX Fisk Ave.
5:30AM
Complainant was packing her silver BMW X4 ($52,000) for an upcoming trip when she was approached by offender #1. He offered to help compl pack her vehicle. As he began helping, he asked compl to give him a ride to the bus stop. Compl felt uncomfortable and told offender #1. He then grabbed his side and said “gimme your keys, I have a gun,” as he grabbed compl’s hair and took the key fob. Compl was outside vehicle at the time. A second unknown black male got into compl’s vehicle and drove it away. Vehicle contained iPhone 11 ($1000), Apple watch ($300), purse ($25), and bank and credit cards. Offenders: #1 Black male (approx. 17 years old, thin build, light eyes, camouflage shorts, black surgical mask, black hoodie, black short curly hair

8/12
Robbery
4268 Ridge Ave. 
9:30AM
Complainant stopped at Shell gas station at listed location. As he exited the store and got into his vehicle, several offenders surrounded the car. Offender #1 got into his front passenger seat and asked for money. The compl felt threatened and gave male $10 and told them to get out. Offender #2 told compl to give him his wallet or he would shoot him. He then punched the compl on the right side of his face (no bruising) and grabbed the compl’s wallet ($100). A third male was standing with other offenders and fled in a silver Chevy Trax with PA tags. Compl’s wallet contained credit cards and IDs. Offenders also took keys to compl’s 2008 Acura TL and apartment. Police processed compl’s vehicle with negative results. Compl contacted Shell to obtain security footage, which was posted by PPD:

Assault
3300 Henry Ave. (Founded Pizza)
9:11AM
Complainant, an employee of Founded Pizza, threw water onto offender who then attempted to fight compl. Compl said he was pushed and punched in the face. Offender stole a bottle of Gatorade ($3) as she left the store. She then damaged a security camera outside ($300).

8/11
Theft
4249 Ridge Ave. 
8:07PM
Complainant parked his 2022 Ford Maverick at listed time. When he returned an hour later, the license plate was missing from the vehicle.

Theft
4024 Ridge Ave. (East Falls Beverage)
7:50PM
Complainant left his 2005 Buick Grand Marquis ($3000) running while making a purchase at beer store. While he was inside, an unknown Black male offender took vehicle and fled southbound on Ridge Ave.

8/10
Theft
2967 School House Ln. (Alden Park Apts)
10:27PM
Complainant, while dog sitting for the offender, uploaded a photo of the dog onto Instagram. Compl states the offender became irate because his girlfriend saw the photo on social media. Offender then came to compl’s apartment, took the key fob to compl’s car and half her house keys. Police advised compl about protection from abuse orders and provided her with contact numbers.

Theft
4201 Henry Ave. (Jefferson University)
4:21PM
Complainant parked his vehicle at location while he was working. When he returned after work, the vehicle was gone.

Theft
4168 Ridge Ave. (A Plus station)
Complainant left engine running while was filling a tire on his black 2018 Chevy Impala ($16,000). He felt the vehicle shake and then saw vehicle take off. Compl states a white sedan had followed his vehicle southbound on Ridge Ave. prior to incident. Police checking traffic camera at Ridge and Midvale Avenues.

8/9
5450 Wissahickon Ave. (The Avenue at East Falls)
7:25PM
Complainant parked at listed location. When she returned to vehicle, she saw a Black female with brown hair and a blue t-shirt inside the car. She asked offender to leave. Offender took compl’s black iPad ($400) with her when she left. No signs of forced entry to vehicle.

7/8 (Reported 8/8)
5450 Wissahickon Ave. (The Avenue at East Falls)
10AM
Complainant left a television ($620) in the building’s mail room to be picked up by FedEx as a store return. Compl was later informed the television was picked up at 3:12PM on 7/10 by an unknown male who told a mailroom employee he was authorized to pick up the TV. Male took the TV and left in a red vehicle. Video surveillance is available.

8/7
Theft
Lincoln Dr. & W. Rittenhousetown Ln. (Wissahickon Parking Lot)
5:44PM
Complainant parked her Ford Escape at 3:15PM. When she returned at 5PM, the passenger-side window was damaged and her navy blue Longchamp purse ($200), which contained $70 cash, was missing.

Theft
5500 Wissahickon Ave. (Alden Park Apts)
3:57AM
Offender (complainant’s boyfriend) took compl’s keys to apartment and would not give them back. He stated stated compl is no longer welcome in his apartment and that he does not have her keys. Both parties were advised to file private complaint.

Theft
3000 W School House Ln. (Penn Charter school)
12:15AM
Complainant parked her 2005 Dodge Caravan ($3500) on W School House Lane and proceeded to her cousin’s house for dinner. When she returned, her car was missing.

8/6
Aggravated assault
5500 Wissahickon Ave. (Alden Park Apts)
2:39M
Police responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at listed location. A juvenile had made 911 call stating he was being held hostage by the boyfriend of his mother. Upon arrival, SWAT gained entry to the apt, secured the offender, and spoke to the child’s mother, who claimed her boyfriend had thrown a remote control that bruised her eye and hit her with a toy bat. The offender was arrested.

8/5
Theft
2967 School House Ln. (Alden Park Apts)
7PM
Complainant parked her 2015 Dodge Durango in the Alden Park lot. When she returned at 9AM on 8/6, she noticed there was damage to the passenger side front, her rear window had been smashed, and the rear passenger-side door was missing ($500).

Theft
4530 Kelly Dr. (Schuylkill River Trail parking lot)
5:45PM
Complainant parked her 2015 F150 in trail lot. When she returned, she discovered her driver-side window had been broken and her purse (containing credit cards and IDs) was missing. Offender attempted to use cards at Target for a $206 purchase. Pictures of offender were provided to compl by neighbor across the street.

8/3
Theft
5450 Wissahickon Ave. (The Avenue at East Falls)
1:18AM
Complainant got into a verbal dispute with offender. Offender went through her purse and left with the keys to her 2016 Mazda CX9. He doesn’t have her permission to drive it.

8/2
Theft
Kelly Dr. & Calumet St.
3:45PM
Complainant returned to her Honda Fit to find rear passenger window broken ($500) and her purse missing, which contained an iPhone 10 ($500) and a Kindle ($200).

Burglary
4225 Ridge Ave. (Sweet Dreams & Fairytale Daycare)
9:38AM
Complainant (supervisor) closed the daycare at midnight on 8/1. When she arrived on location at 5:30AM, she noticed her desk drawers were open and movie tickets and $200 were missing. The back door to the daycare was open and the lock was pried open. Daycare does have cameras.

8/1
Theft
Wissahickon & Midvale Aves.
7:30PM
Complainant parked his 2010 F150 truck at listed location. When he returned the next day at 10:30AM he heard a loud noise when he started the truck and discovered the catalytic converter ($800) was gone.

Theft
2991 W. School House Ln. (Falls Village apts)
4PM
Complainant parked her 2007 Toyota Prius at listed location. When she returned on 8/2 at 12:30PM, she noticed her catalytic converter ($800) was missing. Security cameras on location.

From the files of the 39th District. Special thanks to Captain Joseph Busa and the dedicated officers of his command for making this section possible. If you notice suspicious activity, please call 911 immediately. Also call the 39th district at 215-686-3390 and ask for the Crime Prevention Officer. If you have security cameras, please register them with OPERATION SAFECAM – it’s a free service offered by the Police Department. Video captured by your camera may assist in the investigation of a crime.

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