November 29, 2014 |
Robert O'Donnell could barely sleep. Along his Moorestown street Saturday evening, at a neighboring home, someone had shattered the glass of two sliding doors, run to the upstairs bedroom, and snatched a necklace - all with the intruder alarm blaring. So O'Donnell, 21, left the kitchen light on and had a buddy stay at his house the next night. A few hours passed, and the basketball hoops and backyard sat unused. The street fell silent. Then, about 4 a.m., O'Donnell heard something.
November 22, 2014 |
The story seemed too good to be true: Guide dog for blind Holmesburg woman scares off teen burglar who broke into her house and then dials 911 to bring police to the rescue. Turned out it was, as the Philadelphia District Attorney's office acknowledged Thursday in withdrawing all charges against 19-year-old Tomayo McDuffy. District Attorney Seth Williams released a statement saying new information developed by McDuffy's lawyer, William Davis, and further investigation by prosecutors raised "substantial concerns about the victim's prior history and visual acuity.
August 15, 2014 |
A man who claimed to be the nephew of Constance McClain-Murray - who police say was strangled by her husband in Pennypack Park last week - was caught attempting to break into her Northeast Philadelphia house with an accomplice early Wednesday morning, police said. Stephen Anderson, 32, of Parkwood Manor, and Brandon Howard, 27, of Bensalem, were spotted trying to pry open the rear sliding door of McClain-Murray's home at about 2 a.m. The house, on the 2800 block of Tolbut Street, was unoccupied, a police source said, because McClain's husband, Christopher Murray, is in jail and the couple's two daughters are staying with relatives.
August 14, 2014 |
Amid the sprawling front lawns and stately homes of east Moorestown, six burglaries have unfolded about two miles apart since early June, and with common themes: The residents were away in each instance, and did not set or have working alarms. Second-floor bedrooms - and the jewelry inside them - were the main target, with TVs and silverware generally untouched. And the hours of 6 p.m. to midnight were prime time for the thieves. With the latest burglary reported Monday, Moorestown police are investigating whether the same individual or group is responsible.
July 25, 2014 |
The man accused of breaking into a Gulph Mills home this week, tying up a woman, and then forcing her fiance to get him money from an ATM has confessed to that and another burglary in Upper Merion Township, Police Chief Thomas Nolan said. Keith Darrin Morrison, 24, of Philadelphia, allegedly broke into a Holstein Road home around 8 a.m. Tuesday after taking a SEPTA train to the neighborhood and walking to a house. Inside, he was confronted by the man who owned the home, police said.
May 14, 2014 |
TWINS Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney had their first run-in with police at 13, when the brothers from Camden saw a horse, mounted it - bareback - and took it for a joyride together. "We were from Camden, we'd never seen a horse before," Taleon said. "It was like a unicorn to us. " The twins' last contact with police came in 2008, when they were arrested by a tristate Rooftop Burglary Task Force that was formed just to catch them breaking into businesses by cutting holes in the roofs.
May 6, 2014 |
The bearded man in the letterman jacket lingering around 10th and Jackson Streets before midnight Saturday looked familiar to police - like the guy in a security video wanted for a rash of restaurant burglaries in South Philadelphia last month. Stopping to question him, the Third District patrol officers realized they were onto something when the man showed them what was protruding from his back pocket: a pry bar, screwdriver, gloves,and a flashlight. One instrument was particularly incriminating, police said.
May 2, 2014 |
JOE WHITE was engrossed in the Flyers game Tuesday night when he heard the gunshots. "Four of them, in a row, from across the street," he said yesterday in the doorway to his home. "I ran to the window, but I couldn't see anything. "Next thing I know, cop cars were coming from all sides. " Those shots came from the house across the street from White's, on Wyndale Avenue near 58th Street, a quiet, residential block in Overbrook. They were fired during an apparent burglary, one of them killing a crook inside, and another wounding a 22-year-old man who lives there, according to police.
April 9, 2014 |
Two Philadelphia men received long prison sentences Monday after they pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an 80-year-old man during a burglary at his Southwest Philadelphia home in which they stole a laptop. Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi sentenced Sean Johnson, 20, to 35 to 70 years in prison, and Aaron Pitts, 22, to 20 to 40 years. A jury was about to be chosen Monday for the two men's trial. Instead, the pair pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, burglary, robbery, and related offenses in the May 2012 slaying of Joseph Fleming, 80, of the 6600 block of Yocum Street.
January 14, 2014 |
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators on Saturday said that Jackson's mother had discovered on Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.