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June 15, 1989 | By Harold Shelly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia men who pleaded guilty to stealing a car and shoplifting in Bensalem Township were sentenced last week to four to 23 months in the Bucks County Correctional Facility. James Samuels, 18, of N. 20th St., and Donald Witherspoon, 22, of N. 23d St., were accused of stealing a 1985 Buick from the Neshaminy Mall parking lot on Jan. 21. The court record states that they drove the car to the entrance of Strawbridge & Clothier, left the engine running, entered the store and took a tray of watches, valued at $1,176.
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January 10, 1991 | By Christine Bahls, Special to The Inquirer
A Levittown man, stopped Oct. 31 at the wheel of a car police said was stolen five years ago from a Northeast Philadelphia street corner, was charged Friday with receiving stolen property and other violations, police said. Middletown Township police said that Anthony Hench, 27, of the first block of Plumtree Road, had been driving the 1980 white Mercury Zephyr on New Falls Road at 1:53 a.m. when Officer Daniel Deacon noticed that its temporary license plate had expired. Hench had no current license or registration, and he was driving under suspension, police said.
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August 1, 1998 | By Monica Yant, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A West Chester man faces charges in one dramatic daytime car theft and is a suspect in another, authorities said yesterday. Samuel Alvarado Jusino, 31, was arrested yesterday at his home and charged in the July 18 theft of a car whose owner left the engine running as she went to mail a letter, police said. They said Jusino is also a suspect in an April 2 car theft on the same block of Walnut Street in West Chester. In that incident, the car thief dragged the vehicle's 78-year-old owner 20 feet down the street.
SPORTS
April 13, 1989 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former International Boxing Federation champion Robert "Bam Bam" Hines was sentenced yesterday in Montgomery County Court to four to 23 months in prison for his role in a Lower Merion car theft in September. Hines, 28, pleaded guilty before Judge William T. Nicholas yesterday to two misdemeanor charges - unauthorized use of a car and criminal conspiracy to commit theft by receiving stolen property. Hines was also fined $500 and sentenced to three years' probation. The former junior-middleweight champion, who was on parole for a 1987 conviction involving a retail theft, could have been sentenced to up to seven years and fined $15,000.
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December 28, 2012
WILMINGTON - A shih tzu has been reunited with its owner after it went missing when her car was stolen, police said. The 77-year-old woman's car was stolen Friday after she left the keys in the ignition during a brief stop at St. Anthony's Church. The vehicle was found Saturday but the dog was not there. The dog had been picked up by a family living in the area of the theft, police said. The family turned the dog over to police Monday after noticing news coverage of the incident.
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January 27, 1997 | By Frank Burgos
I saw a crime the other day. It started with the sound of a breaking window. It was an early Sunday evening in Center City. I was walking down Walnut Street, near Broad, when I heard glass shatter behind me. I turned. A tall man in a baseball cap was breaking into a car, knocking away the stray bits of glass from the door on the driver's side. The man got in, disappeared under the dash for a few moments, popped up behind the wheel and then started the car, a gray four-door.
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August 1, 1990 | By Louis R. Carlozo, Special to The Inquirer
An 18-year-old and two juveniles from Camden were arrested Sunday at 1:30 a.m. in connection with the theft of a 1988 Pontiac from the 200 block of Broadway in Laurel Springs. As of yesterday, Edwin Crespo was still unable to post $6,000 bail and was being held in Camden County Jail. The juveniles, ages 14 and 15, were taken to the Camden County Juvenile Shelter and scheduled for a hearing on Monday before the county juvenile court. Police attempted to stop the Pontiac after it was seen making an illegal left turn onto the White Horse Pike.
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November 6, 1995 | By Terri Sanginiti, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A keen-eyed resident of the Cooper River Plaza South Apartments happened to be looking out the window of the high-rise Saturday evening when she saw a van pull into the parking lot and four teenagers get out. When the lone female in the group threw something - police believe it was a spark plug - against the window of a parked car in the lot, shattering the glass, the resident picked up the phone and called police, while keeping her eyes fixed...
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March 15, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities today released a video of a heroin-addicted couple's brazen theft of a police cruiser last week in Camden, which left a city officer injured and ended after a high-speed chase through the streets of Philadelphia captured live on television. Blake Bills, 24, a 2006 Kingsway Regional graduate, stole the Camden cruiser around 9:50 a.m. March 6 as Officer Sekou Reid-Bey had stepped out to conduct a traffic stop at Federal Street, near the police headquarters. Bills then struck Bey with the cruiser, drove around the block once and picked up his fiance, Shayna Sykes, 23, of Macungie, Pa., at Mickle Boulevard and Haddon Avenue, authorities said.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Car theft suspects in a white, Toyota Camry lead Collingdale, Delaware County, police on a chase up and down I-95 until crashing the vehicle for good in Chester. Police say the incident began about 12:30 a.m. when they responded to a call of the carjacking and began pursuit of the car, said to be driven by a black male, with a beard and white t-shirt. The man was accompanied by a second suspect, believed to be a woman. The Toyota struck at least two vehicles during its route up and down I-95.
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July 20, 2016
Two teenagers who allegedly were stealing vehicles from a Burlington Township car dealer and three others found nearby were arrested early Monday, authorities said. The incident happened around 1:20 a.m. at the Dodge City dealership at 4395 Route 130 South. Police said Xavier Carter, 18, of Beverly, was caught in the building's parking lot driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Officers soon located another suspect, a 13-year-old, driving a Dodge Charger that was also stolen from the dealership, police said.
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April 19, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA police officer, identified as Officer James McCullough of the 18th District, was shot in the left thigh while chasing two suspects during a botched car theft on Sunday night in West Philadelphia. Investigators said McCullough, 24, was shot during the foot pursuit. After he was struck once in the leg, he managed to apply a tourniquet over his wound and kept pursuit of the suspects. McCullough remained in the hospital at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in stable condition with a flesh wound.
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April 19, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Police are still looking for the gunman who wounded a Philadelphia police officer Sunday night in West Philadelphia, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday morning. Police took two people into custody after the shooting but Ross said neither of them was the suspect who shot Officer James McCullough in the left thigh while he was chasing two suspects during a botched car theft on Sunday in West Philadelphia. Investigators said McCullough, 24, was shot during the foot pursuit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2015 | By Gary Thompson, DAILY NEWS MOVIE CRITIC
Cop Car is a prairie noir that takes the flat landscape of the Western plains and turns it, as so many movies have, into a place of meanness and menace. The movie starts innocently enough: two middle-school boys (James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford) on a walkabout on empty ranchland, daring each other to curse, looking for arrowheads and snake holes. What they find instead is an abandoned patrol car in the middle of nowhere. They approach tentatively, but the wariness soon ebbs.
NEWS
November 25, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not every day you're told to go to a dark parking lot in Southwest Philadelphia where a man will talk to you about your missing dog. "I thought that was a little bizarre," said J.J. Pierce, the Philadelphia schoolteacher whose 2-year-old black Lab, Louie, had been missing for more than a month. But bizarre or not, Pierce was game on Friday night; "no questions asked" had been her modus operandi. "Anything for Louie," she said Sunday. Members of "TeamLouie" - friends and friends of friends and soft-hearted, quick-witted social-media followers - were handling many of the details of the Louie search and told her the Friday meeting was "promising.
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May 31, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week ago, Camden County Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson promised to make restitution to a single mother if it turned out his department had botched its investigation of the theft of her car from outside her Benson Street home in January. Since then, Michelle Perez, 32, who lives and works in the city, has heard nothing from the police about any restitution she might receive, she said Thursday. Perez, an Air Force veteran, said Camden police came to her house Wednesday morning to get copies of documents related to the theft that she had collected since the ordeal began.
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May 24, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michelle Perez is angrier at the Camden police than she is at the thief who stole her 1991 Chrysler LeBaron in January. Perez, who lives and works in the city, said she had no expectations of the thief. The police, she was confident, would help her find the white sedan she had bought used and paid more than $2,000 to fix. "With the level of technology that's available, all they had to do is punch my information into a computer," Perez said in an interview Thursday. Perez alleges, however, that Camden Metro Police refused to investigate.
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March 15, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities today released a video of a heroin-addicted couple's brazen theft of a police cruiser last week in Camden, which left a city officer injured and ended after a high-speed chase through the streets of Philadelphia captured live on television. Blake Bills, 24, a 2006 Kingsway Regional graduate, stole the Camden cruiser around 9:50 a.m. March 6 as Officer Sekou Reid-Bey had stepped out to conduct a traffic stop at Federal Street, near the police headquarters. Bills then struck Bey with the cruiser, drove around the block once and picked up his fiance, Shayna Sykes, 23, of Macungie, Pa., at Mickle Boulevard and Haddon Avenue, authorities said.
NEWS
March 9, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County Council has decided to seek to continue two grant programs that have led to arrests and convictions in car theft and insurance fraud. "We've had results" with the programs over the last 10 years, District Attorney Jack Whelan said at this week's council meeting Wednesday. The council voted to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority for a one-year, $335,009 grant and to seek a two-year $874,005 grant from the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority.
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