September 22, 2011
A police bomb squad blew up an unattended briefcase found on a SEPTA train near the Lansdale station Thursday night, an agency spokesman said. The train had reached the end of the line at the Lansdale train yard around 9 p.m. when a conductor found the briefcase, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The area was cleared by police and service was disrupted until the briefcase was destroyed, "just out of precaution. There was no indication there was an explosive or dangerous device," Busch said.
March 19, 1988 |
A Philadelphia man stopped for speeding on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge was arrested along with his two passengers yesterday after he got out of his car and ran off with a briefcase that turned out to contain cocaine, police said. Officer Ervin Lucas of the Delaware River Port Authority police said that at 9:40 a.m., he stopped a car driven by Claudio C. Diaz, 40, after seeing it speeding westbound on the bridge. Police said Diaz, of the 3300 block of North Hope Street, got out of the car and ran while his passengers, Renee Williams, 23, and Melissa DeMaio, 19, both of Chester, remained in the back seat.
May 3, 1990 |
A man brandishing a knife stole financial certificates worth about $478 million from a messenger here yesterday in what may well be history's biggest mugging, officials said. The stolen materials - certificates of deposit and treasury bills - were not negotiable, but the Bank of England said it was remotely possible that they could be turned into cash. Police said the mugger intercepted a messenger from Sheppards money brokers as he walked through London's financial district on the way to another finance house.
September 6, 2011 |
Police are looking for a man who stole a brief case reportedly containing $30,000 in cash in Northern Liberties. Police said the thief took the victim's brief case and wallet before 11:30 a.m. at Third and Green Streets before fleeing on foot. The victim told police the brief case contained $30,000 in cash. Other details are not yet available.
April 18, 2010 |
"Let my briefcase go. " - Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), on Spirit Airlines' plan to charge for carry-on bags "To tell you the truth, I don't think I ever ate one of their doughnuts or stepped in one of their stores until I went to their Winston-Salem headquarters. " - Keith Morgan, new Philadelphia-area franchisee for Krispy Kreme "Something is definitely wrong when you need more documentation to rent a movie than to get a million-dollar home loan. " - Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.
August 21, 1995 |
For $5,700, Ray Laubert sells his vision of the future, a 17-pound black suitcase, made in Taiwan - slightly larger than the average briefcase and equipped with a key and combination lock. Two, three, four times a week he marches beyond the steel-plated glass doors of his circa-1950 office building near the river, hops into his 1989 Ford Taurus, whizzes by the old Lukens Steel plant, and heads for sundry destinations in the Philadelphia suburbs with a black briefcase by his side.
January 15, 1996 |
An unclaimed briefcase in the atrium of the Zion Baptist Church on North Broad Street shut down North Broad yesterday, brought out the police bomb squad, and severely curtailed a Martin Luther King Day celebration at the church. That's because nobody knew the briefcase was empty until X-rays were taken by a lone bomb squad member - outfitted in protective clothing - who entered the glass-enclosed lobby about 3:30 p.m. By that time, the church had long been evacuated, yellow police tape was strung across Venango Street, and a dozen police cars, ambulances and fire trucks sat on the street, their lights flashing.
November 24, 1994 |
At Philadelphia International Airport, Tim Harris balances daughter Stacie and a briefcase. Yesterday, they were heading to Italy.
August 29, 1998 |
He's a police bomb squad officer who had to examine a briefcase left on a SEPTA bus yesterday afternoon at 13th and Chestnut streets. When a passenger told a man leaving the bus that he had left the briefcase, the man said he didn't want it. That was enough to raise suspicion and the bomb squad was called. The briefcase contained paperwork.