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.
January 13, 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's offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators said Saturday that Jackson's mother had discovered 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.
January 12, 2014 |
LOWER MERION For the third year in a row, the number of burglaries in Lower Merion Township rose in 2013, even as the number of cases solved dropped. Still, the burglary rate comes nowhere near the bulging tallies of the 1970s and 1980s, and especially the record-setting year of 1980. Year-end statistics provided this week by Lower Merion police show that 256 residential and commercial burglaries occurred within the township's 24 square miles last year. That's up from the previous two years, when police logged 195 and 185. "We feel the current increase is drug-fueled," Police Superintendent Michael J. McGrath said.
January 8, 2014 |
John and Bonnie Raines had gathered for dinner with their three young children that Monday night in Germantown. When the babysitter arrived, the couple said goodbye to the children, climbed into their Ford wagon, and drove west, toward Media. For weeks, the Raineses and others had been studying a four-story building across from the Delaware County Courthouse. This was the night they had waited for. While millions were distracted by a championship boxing bout, the crew would pull off the unthinkable: They would break into an FBI office and gather proof that agents had been waging a secret war on political dissent.
October 17, 2013 |
RESIDENTS in West Philadelphia and University City should be on alert about a series of recent robberies in the area, mainly being committed by juveniles, police said at a community meeting last night. Residential burglaries in the 18th Police District are up 13 percent for the year, according to police data. In several of the recent break-ins, authorities said, the opportunistic criminals have taken advantage of unlocked windows or doors. Police arrested three juvenile suspects yesterday and an 11-year-old boy last week.
September 16, 2013 |
MANTUA TWP. Lisa MacMullin found her son in the fetal position and wheezing on her bathroom floor, heroin in his veins, his eyes shut, lips purple, skin gray. It was the 21-year-old's third overdose at home in about a year. Each time, she rushed to his side, frantic. This time, his father dragged the wiry, 5-foot-11 young man out of the cramped bathroom to administer CPR. MacMullin was on the phone with 911, sobbing. Surely he was dying, she feared. But he survived, and then she kicked him out of the house.
August 14, 2013 |
A GROUP OF relentless bandits have hit 10 banks and pharmacies throughout the city since May, starting fires at some in the process, police said yesterday. At least $107,000 in cash was stolen in just three of the burglaries, according to police. In the latest incidents, police say a crew of at least five burglars cut power Sunday night to a Wells Fargo branch at 3rd Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia and to a shopping center at 15th Street and Packer Avenue with a PNC Bank ATM outside.
July 5, 2013 |
A serial burglar whose assault last month of a North Jersey woman was captured on a hidden nanny cam leaped out of a closet more than 20 years ago and pummeled another woman, dragging her by her hair, in a similar home invasion in Burlington County. Shawn Custis, 42, is being held on $750,000 bail in the Essex County Jail on attempted murder, robbery, and burglary charges after the June 21 attack in Millburn. The two attacks, years apart, appear to be bookends to a lengthy rap sheet.