March 20, 1990 |
What does it feel like to live in the midst of Philadelphia's crime wave? "That it's necessary if you are leaving town, to have someone stay in your home or watch your home," says Ned Van Dyke, co-chair of the 17th Police District Neighborhood Advisory Council. "You pay people to stay in your home if you can. "If somebody is in the house, they won't rob it (usually). " He adds, "You watch yourself coming into the house at night. If you're a woman, you don't carry a purse at night.
October 16, 1998 |
Residents of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy were upset by the 11 1/2-to-23-month slap-on-the-wrist jail sentence imposed on Craig "Coco" Ellis for five holdups in 1996. They held meetings and wrote letters to city and state officials about the term imposed by Common Pleas Judge Gregory E. Smith. The sentence was too easy for the man they claimed had been part of a gang of men who were terrorizing their neighborhoods. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Rayford A. Means restored the people's faith in the judicial system.
January 7, 1990 |
Media police are continuing to investigate the daylight abduction of a young woman outside a Wawa store and two armed holdups at a hoagie shop. "We're not used to having things like this," particularly two robberies at the same store within two days, said Media Mayor Frank Daly. But Daly said he was not altogether surprised. "Drugs are all around, and there's a lot of crime associated with the drug problem," Daly said. "We've been very fortunate. " Media Police Chief Martin Wusinich said the borough had only one armed robbery in 1989 before the Dec. 19 abduction and robbery of a 20-year-old Boothwyn woman.
January 7, 1997 |
The 38-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man's non-violent career as a criminal ended after he escaped from a Bucks County prison last March. It was at that point, said Assistant District Attorney Seth Williams, that Ronald Costagno, of Woodland Avenue near 69th Street, became an urban terrorist. Williams said that during the next month, Costagno, who has 33 arrests and 19 convictions, shot and seriously wounded a 26-year-old woman riding on a SEPTA bus, tried to kill two cops in separate incidents, pulled a carjacking and robbed a convenience store.
December 1, 2008
IF CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz is to be believed, marauding hordes of transit pass-wielding students are creating a crime wave on SEPTA, aided by homeless people who are occupying the train stations because SEPTA won't remove them. This is the picture he paints in a subway safety report issued last week. The only problem is, there's no evidence to back up his claim, especially his main contention: That when the school district switched from student tokens and transfers to passes allowing unlimited rides on the system, the district also gave a pass to truant students to ride SEPTA commiting crimes.
April 9, 2008
IS THE RECENT SEPTA crime wave a transit problem, a school district problem or a city problem? Two of the three crimes in the past few weeks in which people were assaulted, one fatally, involved gangs of teenagers. This suggests that whatever the conditions of SEPTA stations - not enough police or cameras or lighting -the real problem is above ground, not below. Thousand of kids flood the stations after school. Some of them are primed for battle with their fellow citizens, using beatings as a sport.
October 23, 1989 |
Armed bank robbery may grab all the headlines, but it's small potatoes compared with the quiet crime wave striking Philadelphia's financial institutions. Check fraud - every banker's nightmare - has grown into a highly organized multimillion-dollar operation that is sweeping the area, according to the Philadelphia district attorney's office. "Check fraud has always been around, but it's really taken off lately," said Bill Heiman, an assistant district attorney in the economic crimes unit.
May 27, 1998 |
He had a loving mother and social workers who tried to help him, but nothing seemed able to stop Johnniethon Burley from hacking a path of destruction through the city streets. A judge said Burley "proceeded to rob, carjack and asssault innocent people over and over again with no regard for the victims, the law or the consequences. " That evaluation was quoted yesterday by state Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Tamilia in explaining why the appeals court decided to reject Burley's argument that he should have been tried as a juvenile when he was arrested at age 16. Tamilia said Burley, now 18, was diagnosed as being "aggressive, evasive, defensive, suspicious, hostile, and possessing assaultive tendencies.
May 31, 1988 |
There has never been much crime in Cheswold, Del., population 300, a town defined by two highways. "You know, we've had our share of problems in the past," said Dorothy Dempsey, who was mayor for 12 years until a few weeks ago, talking about what has passed for major crime there. "You leave something in your front yard and forget to put it away, and it's gone the next day. " But things are changing quickly in Cheswold, and not all the criminals have their acts together yet. On Friday the hamlet five miles north of Dover had what police called a robbery at Marsteller's Market on Route 42. This is a thoroughfare that starts in Leipsic just a couple of miles from the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, goes into Maryland and along the way serves as Cheswold's Main Street.
January 6, 2003 |
For shopkeepers in Camden, it's a terrifying cost of business: armed robbers in ski masks ordering customers to the floor and emptying the cash register. During three weeks that ended in November, there were 23 convenience-store robberies in Camden - as many as three in one day - mostly targeting Dominican-run stores. "They occur so much," said Ana Reyes, 35, a store owner who moved to Camden in 1987 from the Dominican Republic. "I am scared. What happens if they come while my children are here?"