November 2, 2013 |
Police are searching for three men who they say made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the armed robbery of an armored car in Holmesburg on Thursday morning. About 9:30, two men wearing Halloween masks from the Scream movies approached two guards delivering cash in a Garda armored car outside a Wells Fargo bank branch on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue, FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said. The men were carrying TEC-9-style guns, Adamowski said. A TEC-9 is a semiautomatic weapon with a long clip that resembles a small submachine gun. One guard was already outside the truck unloading money, Adamowski said.
November 1, 2013 |
A DUO OF GUNMEN in "Scream" masks who crept up on an armored car outside a bank in Holmesburg yesterday were anything but a Halloween prank. Authorities say the men, armed with Tec-9 semiautomatic handguns, made off with an estimated $310,000 in cash. Police said the heist happened about 9:45 a.m. at a Wells Fargo branch at Frankford Avenue and Rhawn Street. The two men held up a Garda armored truck guard and took off with the cash in a getaway van driven by a third masked man, authorities said.
October 7, 2013 |
Come all ye fellow wallet-watchers. It's time for the 28th Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey, in which I try to save you a bundle by suggesting a bevy of low-budget beauties that limit themselves to a small glass of gas before dinner and fit easily into your garage. And all I ask from you in return is your undying gratitude and loyalty. To come up with a six-pack of low-rent rides for this year's survey, I had to raise the qualifying base from the 2012 and 2013 limit of $14,000 to $14,500.
October 7, 2013 |
I owe a tip of the hat to Joel and Tamar Port, a Blue Bell couple who'd probably rather get the $150 they lost because of a Priceline car-rental gone awry. Their story highlights one fine-print trap that can snare anyone seeking cheap wheels away from home. But it's also a window onto some other pitfalls - and onto surprising differences among rental companies' policies. If you rent cars often for work, you likely have a standing deal with one or more of the major rental brands - most now consolidated into three multi- brand companies such as Avis Budget Group.
October 6, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was arrested Friday and charged with filing a false police report and improperly interfering with the investigation of a stolen pickup truck. Lynn Nichols, 46, a 22-year veteran of the District Attorney's Office, is accused of using her influence as a prosecutor to have the stolen vehicle removed from a police database last October to help her then-boyfriend. One year later, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Nichols "devised a scheme as an act of revenge to have the vehicle reported stolen again," said Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is handling the case.
October 5, 2013 |
A Lehigh County man who with his girlfriend led police in Camden and Philadelphia on high-speed chases pleaded guilty Thursday to an array of charges in the three-day drug-fueled spree. Wearing a bright-blue, long-sleeved shirt with matching tie, jeans, and black sneakers, Blake Bills, 25, of Macungie, said little, save for "Yes, sir," and "No, sir," in response to Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich's questions. On March 5, Bills and Shayna Sykes, 24, drove a stolen Camden police cruiser across the Ben Franklin Bridge and crashed it into a house at Seventh and Norris Streets in North Philadelphia.
October 2, 2013 |
A woman who stole a Philadelphia police car in March after she and her boyfriend led police on a wild chase in a stolen Camden police car has been sentenced to three to eight years in prison. Shayna Sykes, 24, of Macungie, Pa., was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich, who also ordered seven years' probation. Sykes pleaded guilty to theft, aggravated assault, and related charges. On March 5, Sykes and boyfriend Blake Bills, 24, stole an idling Camden police car while an officer made a traffic stop, police said.
September 25, 2013 |
Lincoln High School in the city's Mayfair section was placed on a brief lockdown Friday afternoon after police found several firearms in the car of the school's building engineer. District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed Monday that Robert McKenna, a veteran employee, was removed from Lincoln and that the district had begun proceedings to have him dismissed. No weapons were found inside the school, but Gallard said McKenna's vehicle was parked on school grounds. The district, he said, had no idea why McKenna had the guns.
September 24, 2013 |
Kid Hazo stalked the Philadelphia Parking Authority Sunday and found its minions remarkably elusive. Normally, the blue uniforms swarm the city. Normally, 1/18th of a second after a meter runs out, they materialize and slap a ticket on the windshield. Normally, their cars lurk around every corner. On a busy, beautiful fall weekend, however, when it was nearly impossible to find a free, legal spot to park, the force was literally not with him. It took four hours for Hazo to find a parked traffic enforcement car. When he finally did, victory was delicious.
September 18, 2013 |
GREENWICH TWP. An empty tanker car of a train on its way to the Paulsboro refinery derailed just after noon Monday about a half-mile south of the scene of a derailment last year that caused a toxic chemical release. None of the other tanker cars went off the tracks Monday. At least one of the tankers carried liquefied petroleum gas, Greenwich Police Chief Joseph M. Giordano Jr. said. No leaks were detected, he said. Liquefied petroleum gas consists mostly of propane and butane, and is found in gas wells and oil wells.