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.
June 14, 2013 |
Two men from Medford were indicted last week for a $2 million burglary spree that targeted two dozen houses in South Jersey over a 10-month period, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday. Darius H. Gittens, 54, of Skeet Road, and Geoffrey V. Petit, 48, of Woodland Avenue, are accused of beginning the rash of burglaries in October 2011. The spree lasted through August 2012. Gittens and Petit took more than $2 million in jewelry, firearms, electronics, and other high-value luxury goods, such as furs and silverware.
May 22, 2013
CHERRY HILL A Pennsauken man who allegedly used a screwdriver to threaten a Cherry Hill homeowner during a botched burglary was arrested Tuesday, Cherry Hill police said. Jon D. Padula, 22, of Willis Avenue, was picked up in Lindenwold on Tuesday on a warrant issued for the May 15 break-in. Police said they were called that morning to a St. Davids Road residence where the homeowner confronted the burglar as he was leaving the house. During a struggle, the burglar allegedly threatened the homeowner with a screwdriver.
May 15, 2013 |
CHUCK MUNCIE, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said yesterday. Muncie family spokesman Vintage Foster, of AMF Media Group in San Ramon, Calif., said Muncie died at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday from heart failure. Muncie was the Saints' first-round pick, third overall, out of California in 1976. He played 4 1/2 seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his 9-year NFL career.
May 14, 2013 |
THE NAME Adam "Pacman" Jones always comes up when the conversation centers around athletes who are in trouble with the law. Jones, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, was arrested at least eight times from July 2005 to July 2011, and had numerous other run-ins with the law. The bar for unlawful off-the-field behavior might have been reset by free-agent receiver Titus Young. Early Saturday morning, the troubled 23-year-old Young was arrested for the third time in 6 days, including twice on the same day. Young was arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest after police responded to a 911 burglary call from a house in San Clemente, Calif., Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Joe Balicki told NFL.com yesterday.
May 9, 2013 |
As husband and wife for more than 50 years, Louis and Judith Hartdegen were said to be inseparable. But something went very wrong early Monday, a domestic argument that turned deadly, according to police. Louis Hartdegen killed his wife and tried to pin the crime on a neighbor, they said. Louis Hartdegen, 75, had scratches and bruises to his face, and his 74-year-old wife lay unresponsive in bed, when police arrived at their apartment in the 6700 block of Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.
May 5, 2013 |
A guide dog interrupted a burglary and rescued a 54-year-old legally blind woman from a potential gas explosion early Friday in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. At 2:47 a.m., police were called to the 4700 block of Marple Street in Holmesburg, where they found that the woman had been led out of her house, said Capt. Francis Bachmayer, commanding officer of Northeast Detectives. The house had been filled with natural gas, Bachmayer said. The woman was awakened by her service dog barking, as at least one intruder had entered the house through a rear basement door, Bachmayer said.