February 14, 1990 |
Auto thefts reported in the Northeast rose 35 percent last year, to 3,020, and the head of the Northeast Detective Division says the number of thefts will keep soaring as long as there is a lack of aggressive prosecution and those arrested aren't put in jail. "Nobody goes to jail when they are arrested. They are just being put back out on the street to do it again," said Capt. James Nocco. As of last Friday, 520 auto thefts already had been reported here for 1990, said Nocco.
February 13, 1992 |
A man who said he had been homeless and living on the street for three weeks was charged by Bensalem police last Thursday with auto theft after he entered a car left running by its owner outside a Route 13 fast food restaurant and drove off. Christian Ball, 19, who told police he had no permanent address, was in Bucks County Prison yesterday after being unable to post $25,000 bail. Bensalem Police Capt. Jack Robinson said Ball's brief flight was in a car owned by David Brown, 21, of the 4200 block of Lawnside Road, Philadelphia.
March 3, 1988 |
One man has been arrested and several others are being sought in connection with the theft of 14 new and used cars earlier this year from Sheehy Ford, police said. The stolen vehicles are estimated to be worth in excess of $182,000 and were taken sometime between Jan. 20 and Feb 1. Police said that two separate auto theft rings were involved. Elliot Clement, 18, of the 6500 block of Woodstock Street, has been charged with two counts each of auto theft and receiving stolen property in connection with the thefts.
September 13, 1994 |
Anthony M. "Tony" Kane, a nationally recognized expert on auto theft and a retired, highly decorated Philadelphia police officer, died of cancer Saturday. He was 55 and lived in Roxborough. Kane retired from the Police Department in 1987 and became a senior agent for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). He directed its tristate operations. The NICB, headquartered in Illinois, works with local police and insurance companies investigating auto theft. Kane was considered by those in and out of law enforcement to be among the very best.
February 7, 1990 |
A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning after police said he burglarized three stores in Bustleton and then led them on a car chase for several blocks. The chase ended, police said, when the car - which was reported stolen - struck a parked car in the 9300 block of Neil Road. William Krainsky, 19, of the 1900 block of Nester Road, was charged with burglary and auto theft. Capt. James Nocco, commander of the Northeast Detective Division, said Krainsky fled from police after the accident, but was apprehended shortly before 6:30 a.m. a few blocks away on foot in the 9600 block of Bustleton Avenue.
January 17, 1992 |
A 14-year veteran of the Doylestown Township Police Department, his wife and two Bristol Township auto shop owners were charged yesterday with faking a car theft in order to reap profits from insurance and the resale of the car. The police officer, Robert Teeling, was arrested yesterday morning along with Everett Farr 3d, one of the owners of CTI Unlimted auto detailing, according to Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein. Teeling's wife, Laurel, was expected to be in custody today, as was the fourth suspect, Charles Sparks Jr. Teeling, 35, of the 1500 block of Russel Drive in Warminster, has been a Doylestown Township patrolman since 1978, but has not been on active duty since he was injured while apprehending a suspect in June 1989, said Doylestown Township Police Chief Steve White.
November 4, 1990 |
More cars have been reported stolen in the Northeast since January than in all of 1989, when cars were stolen in record numbers. And thefts in the Northeast have increased at a dramatically higher rate than thefts citywide. An unofficial tally from a check of Northeast police records showed 3,682 autos reported stolen by Oct. 15, compared with 1989's year-end total of 3,020. Nearly 1,000 more autos were stolen during the first nine-and-one-half months of 1990 than during the same period in 1989, for an increase of about 36 percent.
July 25, 1993 |
Three Philadelphia men drove a stolen car to see a friend in Bucks County Prison. And they ended up staying. On July 17, Richard A. Cake, 35; Albert J. Hemmerle Jr., 34, and Scott A. Thomas, 26, took a ride to the prison to see a friend. While Cake went inside the jail, Hemmerle and Thomas drove the car, a 1984 Buick Riviera, to the Barn Plaza Shopping Center nearby. The car had been reported stolen in Feasterville July 14. While at the shopping center, Hemmerle and Thomas found a purse belonging to a woman.
April 15, 1992 |
Bensalem Township police raided a warehouse early yesterday and arrested eight men on charges of running a $1 million auto theft and insurance fraud ring. "I think we can safely say it is the most sizable (bust) in Bucks County history," said Bucks County District Attorney Alan Rubenstein. During a two-year investigation, police said they learned that at numerous locations in Middletown Township the ring was "replating," or changing the vehicle identification numbers of, automobiles that members stole or obtained illegally from employees at car dealerships and from people who falsely reported them stolen to collect insurance money.
January 29, 1990 |
A 13-year-old girl was charged yesterday with stealing her uncle's car and ramming two police officers who were conducting an unrelated automobile investigation. Police said the two uniformed officers, Lillian Burroughs, 23, and Michelle McCurdy, 24, both assigned to the 25th Police District, Front and Westmoreland streets, were in satisfactory condition at Temple University Hospital yesterday. The officers were standing next to a 1981 Fiat they had stopped on 5th Street near Clearfield about 10:30 Saturday night when the 1979 Toyota driven by the teen-ager went out of control, police said.