Police Blotter

Posted: May 08, 1997

Unless otherwise attributed, the following reports are based on statements of local police.

East Norriton

* An unspecified amount of narcotics was reported stolen from two drugstores, both of which had their phone lines cut and their back doors pried open, about 12:30 a.m. April 28.

Police said that at 12:30 a.m., an alarm sounded at the Thrift Drug store. Police found the phone lines cut and the store entered. They then went to the nearby Drug Emporium, and found the same conditions.

Other municipalities also have had similar burglaries, including Montgomery Township, Upper Moreland and Lower Gwynedd.

Plymouth

* A Sony video game and 10 play cartridges, valued at $900, were removed from an apartment at 1300 Fayette St. The video equipment disappeared sometime between April 30 and Sunday. There was no sign of forced entry.

Springfield

* Charges of burglary and theft were filed against Keith Branch, 19, of the 8500 block of Temple Road, Philadelphia, after he was accused of stealing stereo equipment from a home in the 700 block of Mermaid Lane at 1:30 a.m. April 30.

Police said that on that night, a neighbor called to say that a car, its engine running, was parked at the corner of Linden Road and Mermaid. The caller said somebody was packing the trunk. When police arrived, the man doing the packing fled, and they found Branch behind the wheel, pretending to be asleep. Police discovered the burglarized home a few hours later.

Branch also was charged with criminal trespass and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned and sent to Montgomery County prison after failing to post $20,000 cash bail.

Upper Moreland

* Charges of theft and bad checks were filed against Vladimir Reviss, 31, of the 10000 block of Northeast Avenue, Philadelphia, after he was accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of electronic equipment, on various dates in various stores, in Abington and Upper Moreland.

He was arrested April 30 at Staples, where police said he tried to buy a computer, valued at $2,321. A store clerk noticed that the name on the check and the identification that Reviss produced did not match. Police were summoned.

Once he was arrested, police found a receipt he was carrying that showed he had bought $4,025 worth of equipment at Best Buys, also in Upper Moreland. Police also found six other unsigned checks, one of which was made out to Strawbridge's in Abington.

Upper Moreland police said Reviss made the other purchases in Upper Moreland on three separate occasions in April.

Reviss also was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of an instrument of crime. He is currently in Montgomery County Prison on $100,000 cash bail.

DUI arrests

* The following people were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. State law prohibits driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.100 percent or greater. Refusal to submit to alcohol testing results in a one-year suspension of driving privileges.

* Cynthia Knox, 24, of Juniper Drive, Levittown, was arrested at 6:28 a.m. April 27 after she was seen driving the wrong way on a one-way street, at Center Avenue off Easton Road, in Upper Moreland.

Police said Knox failed field sobriety tests. Her breath-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. She also was charged with the motor-vehicle violation.

* Ryan Malone, 22, of the Westbury Apartments, York and Terwood Roads, Upper Moreland, was arrested at 2:52 a.m. April 27 after he was seen driving erratically on Fitzwatertown Road in Upper Moreland.

Police said Malone failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol level was 0.20 percent.

* Richard Flammer, 41, of the 600 block of East Street Road, Warminster, was arrested at 1:12 a.m. April 27 after he was accused of driving erratically on Davisville Road near Terwood Road in Upper Moreland.

Police said Flammer failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol level was 0.23 percent. He also was charged with not wearing his seat belt.

* Brian Kutz, 24, of the 600 block of West County Line Road, Hatboro, was arrested at 1 a.m. April 27 after he was seen driving more than 60 m.p.h. in a 45-m.p.h. zone, on County Line Road near Centennial Road, in Upper Moreland.

Police said Kutz failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol level was 0.11 percent. Police said the tag on his Ford Mustang belonged on an Oldsmobile.

He also was charged with speeding, driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving while his license was suspended, and unauthorized transfer of registration.

* Donald E. Brown, 26, of the 1000 block of East Sydney Street, Philadelphia, was arrested at 2:24 a.m. April 26 after he was seen weaving on Easton Road near Barrett Road in Upper Moreland.

Police said Brown failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol level was 0.20 percent. He also was charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

* Steven Murtaugh, 41, of the 600 block of New Galena Road, Chalfont, was arrested at 2:50 a.m. Saturday after police were notified of a motorist driving ``all over the road,'' at County Line and Davisville Roads in Upper Moreland.

Police said Murtaugh failed field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a breath-alcohol test.

* Mitchell Kirk, 40, of the 100 block of Walker Avenue, Abington, was arrested at 7:57 p.m. April 29 after police received a report from another motorist of a possible drunken driver on York Road near Summit Avenue in Upper Moreland.

Police said Kirk failed field sobriety tests. His breath-alcohol level was 0.32 percent.

He also was charged with careless driving, an inspection violation, counterfeit inspection, and unauthorized transfer of registration.

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