June 4, 2015 |
ON PAPER, it seemed like a straightforward landlord-tenant dispute: Property owner Francine Beyer evicted tenant Rebecca Lyn Harmon from her Center City loft for failing to pay rent, and police arrested Harmon after she and three friends allegedly tore down the eviction notice and broke in last month. But Harmon's appearance in court yesterday to face criminal mischief and related charges for the break-in was anything but straightforward. "By taking us past the bar, you're violating international law," Dante Morris, 45, barked, when Judge David C. Shuter ordered Harmon, Morris and two co-defendants to the defense table for their preliminary hearing.
February 20, 2015 |
Vanilla served to convicts? Sometime pop star Vanilla Ice ( Robert Van Winkle ) has been arrested on a charge of home burglary for allegedly nicking a bunch of furniture and household items from a house in Lantana, Fla. Authorities tell Variety the house is adjacent to a property Mr. Ice and his crew recently renovated for his DIY Network TV show, The Vanilla Ice Project , in which the dude refurbishes and flips houses. (He cased the joint while working next door?
December 31, 2014 |
UNTIL YESTERDAY, Angel Suarez was known around the race track as the horse-whispering whiz kid. Just 21, the quiet jockey based at Parx Racing won so many races - and millions of dollars - two years ago that he drew national notice as one of the sport's top apprentices. That he'd come late to racing made his success even more astounding. "He had no racing background," his former agent, Donna Servis, told the Daily Racing Form in 2013. "He woke up one day, told his mom he wanted to be a jockey, and she said, 'What?
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.