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April 15, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
A former police officer was charged Wednesday for his role in an alleged theft scandal seven years ago at the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit, according to court records. Anthony Magsam's arrest on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and obstruction of administrative law came one week after his former commander, Lt. Vincent J. Testa, committed suicide prior to a scheduled meeting with prosecutors about the case. Magsam, 35, was released from custody Wednesday following an arraignment.
NEWS
July 5, 1990 | By Andrew Hussie, Special to The Inquirer
Two officers of an Elkins Park brokerage firm have been charged by Cheltenham police with stealing $25,000 by allegedly forging checks to withdraw money from a client's investment account between September and April. Michael C. Lloyd, 34, of Abington, and Warren C. Nachmann, 45, of Cheltenham, surrendered at the Cheltenham Police Administration Building on Monday. They are partners of Lloyd Securites Inc. at 7837 Old York Rd. The Securities and Exchange Commission also charged Lloyd and Nachmann on June 6 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia with defrauding their clients of several hundred thousand dollars, making fraudulent sales of unregistered securities and other violations of federal securities laws.
NEWS
July 11, 1990 | By Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing a pair of binoculars from the balloonists who inadvertently landed in a vacant lot at 7th and Oxford streets Saturday, police said. Acting on a tip from the Daily News, police went to the home of James "Big Boy" Williams, 31, on Franklin Street near Master to charge him with the theft, police said. But Williams wasn't home, and Detective Sgts. Gerard Duffy and Shawn Trush returned to East Detectives headquarters, only to find Williams sitting there, being booked on unrelated robbery charges, police said.
NEWS
November 20, 1986 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
Missing: One U.S. mailbox. Postal Service authorities and police are looking for a blue mailbox, complete with eagle insignias, that was stolen from the corner of Cottman Avenue and Leon Street. The box, which had been bolted to the ground, was reported missing on Nov. 13. James Covert, superintendent of the Postal Service Boulevard Station, Levick and Revere Streets, reported the theft to police after a postal worker went to the corner to empty the mailbox, and discovered it missing.
NEWS
July 28, 1991 | By Jill Morrison, Special to The Inquirer
A Council Rock High School graduate was apprehended by police at his alma mater early Wednesday for trying to steal lab equipment and other school supplies, Newtown Township police said. According to the police report, Robert Daniel Wallace, 22, of 52 Knowles Ave., Churchville, broke into the school, at 62 Swamp Rd., with a second man who fled the school before police arrived. Wallace told police that he and the other man got onto the building's roof, climbed through the greenhouse windows and entered the school building through a connecting door after removing a glass pane.
NEWS
January 15, 1995 | By Wendy Walker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A West Chester contractor has been accused of using a former customer's name to take out three fraudulent loans, totaling $22,000, Caln police said. Joseph John Gullo, 42, of the 1000 block of Forest Road, was charged with forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and attempted theft after an investigation by Caln and Uwchlan police. The transactions occurred in late December at Commercial Credit Corp. in the Caln Village Shopping Center, American General Finance Inc. in Thorndale, and Avco Financial Services in Lionville.
NEWS
May 2, 1998 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old man was in custody and his father was being sought yesterday after authorities said the men made illegal U-turns in front of police with the stolen cars they had used to burglarize three Chinese restaurants in Burlington County. Charles J. Williams Jr. of Passaic was charged with burglary and theft and was being held in the Burlington County Jail on $10,000 bail. His father, Charles J. Williams Sr. of Burlington Township was being sought on charges of burglary and aggravated assault on police.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's onetime butler declared Tuesday he was innocent of a charge of aggravated theft of the pope's private correspondence, but acknowledged he photocopied the papers and said he feels guilty that he betrayed the trust of the pontiff he loves like a father. Paolo Gabriele took the stand Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom to defend himself against accusations of his role in one of the most damaging scandals of Benedict's pontificate. Prosecutors say he stole the pope's letters and documents alleging power struggles and corruption inside the Vatican and leaked them to a journalist.
NEWS
April 9, 1987 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Tacony woman has been charged with theft after police said she defrauded a Willow Grove woman of $3,000 when she read the woman's tarot cards and said the woman and her son would die unless a spell on them was removed. Police said the victim, identified as Marsha Seigh, 37, had her cards read by the suspect, Lilly Thompson, 41, of the 7000 block of Frankford Avenue, on March 23. During the reading, investigators said, Thompson told Seigh that the cards indicated that the lives of the woman and her son were in great danger because of a spell that had been placed on them.
NEWS
October 18, 1987 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a case of one thing just leading to another. First, according to police, Steven Taylor of Wilmington, became involved in an argument with a female passenger in his car as he was driving south on I-95 about 12:15 a.m. Oct. 10. Then, Taylor pulled over to the shoulder near the Bridge Street interchange and the woman got out of the car and started to walk along the highway, police said. While she was walking, two men in a truck pulled over and offered her a ride, an offer that she refused.
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April 15, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
A former police officer was charged Wednesday for his role in an alleged theft scandal seven years ago at the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit, according to court records. Anthony Magsam's arrest on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and obstruction of administrative law came one week after his former commander, Lt. Vincent J. Testa, committed suicide prior to a scheduled meeting with prosecutors about the case. Magsam, 35, was released from custody Wednesday following an arraignment.
NEWS
April 14, 2016
Police on Tuesday were asking for the public's help in locating two mausoleum doors worth $25,000 that were stolen from Laurel Hill Cemetery. The theft occurred on Monday between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at the cemetery located at 3822 Ridge Ave. A photograph of doors similar to the ones that were stolen was made available by police, who asked that anyone with information about the theft call Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353 or dial 911. ...
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
A Bucks County woman sought in Feb. 3 theft of the proceeds of a school book fair at St. Martha Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Police had been looking for Sarah Higgins since identifying her as a suspect on Feb. 12. after reviering surveillance videos. Higgins, 29, of Bristol was arrested Sunday morning on the 3100 block of Cedar Street in Port Richmond, police said. She has been charged with burglary, criminal tresspas and related offenses. The Rev. Al Masluk, pastor of the church, at 11301 Academy Road, has said that about $1,700 was stolen from a basement auditorium where the book fair had been held.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police have identified the janitor accused of stealing a pilot's bag containing a gun that was left in a men's restroom at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday. Victor Sheard, 31, of the 2000 block of Sigel Street in South Philadelphia, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license. He is accused of taking a bag left unattended by a Republic Airlines pilot in a men's restroom between the A and B terminals. Sheard, who posted bail Monday, faces a March 29 preliminary hearing.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
John Scholtz liked to buy fancy things: a $1.8 million waterfront mansion, a yacht, expensive cars, and airplanes, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Scholtz, 67, of Winslow, has admitted he was able to purchase these items by taking millions of dollars from dozens of clients - including Trenton - that trusted his company to handle payroll services, his attorney said. "He is accepting responsibility for his wrongdoing, and he is committed to making restitution," said his Center City attorney, Lisa Mathewson.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
Members of an alleged identity theft gang who led police on a chase on I-76 Tuesday were arraigned Wednesday and are being held at Chester County Prison, police said. Four men and three women face charges that include aggravated assault of a police officer, fleeing from police, identity theft, receiving stolen property and related offenses. The suspects, who are from Florida and Maryland, were unable to post $300,000 cash bail. They are associated with the "Felony Lane Gang," Tredyffrin Township police said, and are accused of stealing driver's licenses, credit cards and other documents from child-care centers, parks and other locations.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Nearly 11,000 Main Line Health employees fell victim to a "spear phishing" scam last month that exposed key personal information, including birth dates and social security numbers, the health system said Wednesday. On Feb. 16, a Main Line employee responded to an email believed to be a legitimate request for Main Line employees' information, which also included names, addresses, and salaries, Main Line said. No patient information was released, said Main Line, which learned of the incident Tuesday.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
An alleged gang involved in identity theft led police on a chase Tuesday afternoon that started at a Wendy's parking lot in Chester County and ended on I-76 with one suspect attempting to flee into the Schuylkill, authorities said. Seven people from Florida and Maryland who are associated with the "Felony Lane Gang" were arrested, said Anthony Giaimo, Tredyffrin Township police superintendent. Around 1:30 p.m., police were called to the restaurant on West Swedesford Road in Tredyffrin to investigate a report that people were switching license plates on a gray Dodge Journey and a black Chevrolet Suburban.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday that corrupt officials in the Chinese government financially supported and may have benefited from a scheme to steal trade secrets worth billions from a GlaxoSmithKline research facility in Montgomery County. But lawyers representing one of the five defendants accused of pilfering information from the British-based pharmaceutical giant's Upper Merion Township location called such claims a "fantastical assertion. " The dispute - which boiled over at a detention hearing in federal court in Philadelphia - struck at the heart of debate over the Justice Department's recent checkered history in prosecuting cases of alleged theft of trade secrets involving Chinese American scientists.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Thieves suspected of targeting electronics retail stores from North Carolina to New Jersey hit two stores in Montgomery County last month for nearly $6,000 in iPhones and iPads, police said. An arrest warrant has been issued for Delonte Anthony Davis, 22, of Bowie, Md., in connection with the January thefts. On Jan. 19, three men committed a distraction theft at the AT&T store at 1551 Valley Forge Rd. in Upper Gwynedd Township and stole five iPhones and two iPads worth $5,205, police said.
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