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March 5, 2016
Police are hunting for the heartless thief who broke into two Olney daycare centers to steal money. The first break-in happened between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, when a man removed an air conditioner from a window at Around the Clock Daycare, 425 West Tabor Road, to climb inside, police said. He ransacked the place but took nothing. About the same time the next night, the man forced open a second-floor window to get into Little Explorers Day Care, 5417 N. 5th St., where he pried open a cash drawer inside an office to steal an undetermined amount of money, police said.
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March 14, 1998 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Cops search behind the 39th District police station yesterday after an officer was hit by a car driven by a robbery suspect. The suspect ditched the car and ran away after Officer William Ward, 22, fired shots at the fleeing auto. It all started when Ward responded to a theft call at an Eckerd's Drug Store in Germantown about 10 a.m. Ward chased the suspect to Hunting Park where he pulled the man over. As Ward got out of his car, the thief pulled his car away striking Ward's left hand and leg. Ward was treated at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
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February 17, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Unless he's caught, nobody may ever know if the thief who stole a trumpet, flute and saxophone from a music store here last week wanted to start his own band or simply planned to sell the instruments for cash. While most of West Chester slept and heavy snow blanketed the town, around 3:30 a.m. last Friday, someone smashed the window of the Taylor Music Store on Gay Street and stole the instruments, store managers and police said. The owners of Taylor Music, who reported a $2,700 loss, are hoping that the winter storm will lead police to the thief.
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December 21, 1987 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
An alleged thief who stuffed his clothes so full of money that his shirt buttons popped left a trail of dollar bills yesterday that attracted the attention of busy holiday shoppers - and eventually the police - at the Millside Shopping Center on Route 130 in Delran. The shoppers scrambled to pick up $1,000 in wet loot that Bruce Wright left in his wake as he fled in the rain from a 7-Eleven store yesterday morning, Delran Patrolman Russ Aitkens said. There was so much money, a police spokesman said, it "dripped out of the shirt and parka.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
POLICE SAY a woman stole cookies from a Catholic church in Bucks County and choked on her own guilt. The Bucks County Courier Times reported that the 51-year-old suspect confessed to Penndel's police chief a week after she and a man broke into Our Lady of Grace and stole Oreos, coffee, bulk packets of sugar and other items belonging to the church's Alcoholics Anonymous program. Chief Joseph Sciscio says he'd been speaking with the woman about an unrelated landlord-tenant issue when she told him that something was bothering her. The chief says she then confessed to the cookie caper and turned over some of the stolen items.
NEWS
September 30, 2011
DOVER, N.J. - Authorities said that a New Jersey man awaiting a court appearance for stealing sunglasses from a car stole a police chief's sunglasses from his car outside police headquarters. Police in Dover on Wednesday charged Zachary Mills, 20, with burglary of a motor vehicle and theft. Mills was scheduled for a court hearing on charges of stealing a debit card, a sweatshirt and sunglasses from a car in Rockaway on Tuesday. Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez told the Daily Record of Parsippany that an officer investigated after noticing a light on inside Dover Police Chief Harold Valentine's vehicle.
NEWS
May 17, 2013
A FORMER treasurer has been sentenced to 36 weekends in jail after she admitted stealing more than $26,000 from a Delaware County Little League. Theresa Becker, 40, was treasurer of the Ridley Area Little League from October 2010 until September 2012, when officials discovered more than $26,000 missing from the group's checking account. Authorities say an audit determined that 32 checks had been paid without a signer's authorization, 16 of them made payable to "Theresa Becker" and 14 made payable to cash.
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October 27, 1988 | By William Tuthill, Special to The Inquirer
A quick visit to the McDonald's in Strafford last week turned out to be the most expensive meal a Dutch visitor has had during her three-month stay in the United States. On Oct. 17, Nicolette Wester had more than $1,000 worth of property and cash stolen during a meal at the fast-food restaurant at 516 W. Lancaster Ave. Despite the experience, which occurred just before her return to the Netherlands, Wester said she harbored no bitter feelings toward the United States. "This doesn't change my impression of Philadelphia," Wester said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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May 20, 2004 | By K. Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bonjour mes amis! Are you tired of hearing news about glamerati cinephiles now convening in Cannes, the Ventnor of the French Riviera? Us, neither. Though we long to frolic with Uma Thurman and Achilles tendency Brad Pitt, word reaches us that all is not merveilleaux at this year's film festival. Long known as a burglar's playground (see Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief), the private- jet-set playground is besieged by a crime spree. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott's wallet and laptop were stolen from his hotel room while he was sleeping.
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February 15, 2001 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Tyrone Williams should have taken up another line of work. He's a bust as a criminal. He keeps getting arrested, and his last "victim" nearly killed him. But, at least, Williams won't have to ponder career choices for a while. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes sentenced him to 15 to 30 years in prison. Williams, of 40th Street near Brown, has five prior convictions for stickups and other crimes, said Assistant District Attorney Gonen Haklay. When he was last arrested in October 1999, cops first thought he was the victim.
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August 22, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
T o Catch a Thief is a great summer movie. It's not a bombastic, overproduced CGI smashfest (see: Marvel movies, even the good ones). It's not a self-serious action romp, with stomach-twisting camera work (see: the Bourne movies and all the third-rate thrillers that cribbed off that series). And it isn't a bland romantic comedy, with stiff jokes and downright cadaverous chemistry. And it's not that they don't make them like To Catch a Thief anymore; it's just that they don't have Alfred Hitchcock to bulk up slender little plots like this one. This movie is basically made up of Cary Grant romping around the French Riviera, being courted by women almost half his age - principally Grace Kelly.
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May 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A man was taken into custody Friday following a two-hour standoff with police in North Philadelphia after he allegedly stole an SUV, fled from the authorities, and pointed what looked like a real gun at an officer, police said Saturday. The 48-year-old man, whose name was not released, was spotted by patrol officers in North Philadelphia around 6 p.m. Friday driving a stolen 2013 Ford Escape, police said. The officers, in police vehicles, stopped the driver at 16th Street and Allegheny Avenue, police said, and the man then got out of the SUV and pushed an officer aside, almost knocking her to the ground.
NEWS
March 5, 2016
Police are hunting for the heartless thief who broke into two Olney daycare centers to steal money. The first break-in happened between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, when a man removed an air conditioner from a window at Around the Clock Daycare, 425 West Tabor Road, to climb inside, police said. He ransacked the place but took nothing. About the same time the next night, the man forced open a second-floor window to get into Little Explorers Day Care, 5417 N. 5th St., where he pried open a cash drawer inside an office to steal an undetermined amount of money, police said.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
An East Mount Airy man has been charged with committing a string of robberies in December in which he allegedly approached people at bus stops and stole their cellphones at gunpoint, Philadelphia police announced Wednesday. Police said Eric Haynes, 22, of the 7800 block of Michener Avenue, committed eight cellphone robberies around East Mount Airy between Dec. 6 and 28. Haynes was taken into custody for a firearms violation Dec. 30 after police stopped his Hyundai Sonata on East Mount Airy Avenue and found a 9mm handgun inside.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | Staff Report
Police are looking for the thief who stole a purse a school counselor left in a stairwell after assisting in giving CPR to a student. East Detectives said the theft occurred about 4:20 p.m. Jan. 6. at the Prima Charter School at 3556 Frankford Ave. in Kensington. The 32-year-old counselor went to the aid of a student having a medical emergency in a stairwell and assisted in administering CPR, police said. She left her purse while the student was taken away and returned minutes later to find it missing.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
GREENSBURG, Pa . - State police say there may be a real cat burglar roaming one western Pennsylvania township. In an unusual case out of Westmoreland County, police say a Hempfield Township man recently came home to find his residence tampered with - and one of his two cats missing. Scott Nicolson, 34, said that whoever else entered his home turned off the thermostat. Nothing else was disturbed. Nicolson said: "I want my cat home. Failing that, I just want to know that he's safe.
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A 6-year-old boy who had been sleeping inside a car that was left running outside a 7-Eleven in Frankford early Tuesday - and that a thief took - was found safe after the vehicle was abandoned, police said. The boy was in the backseat of the vehicle when his stepfather ran inside the convenience store at 5259 Oxford Ave. about 2:30 a.m., according to police radio reports. That was when someone got in the car and took off. The vehicle was found abandoned about a half-hour later, and the boy was reunited with his family, officials said.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kareem El stole cellphones, a lot of them, and from repeat victims, including the guys he played basketball with in North Philadelphia. On Monday, one of those men admitted being the gunman who lost one phone too many to El and fired five shots into him, killing the 29-year-old as he drove on the Schuylkill Expressway early on Easter morning, April 8, 2012. James R. Alston, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, conspiracy, and two gun charges on what was to have been the start of jury selection in his Common Pleas Court trial.
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April 6, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IF A MASTER thief ever pens a guide on how to get away with the perfect crime, he'll surely include a footnote or two about Frederick Joseph Jones Jr. It'll be a short entry, containing this crucial warning: Do not leave your wallet at the scene. Jones, 28, made that critical mistake after he allegedly robbed a woman of $140 outside of an Upper Darby Wells Fargo Bank earlier this week, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The police department summed up the situation in a tweet that read like an old telegram: "Mr. Fred Jones-good news-we found your wallet.
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August 27, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An East Frankford man has been charged with murder after shooting a man he said tried to break into his car, police said Monday. Brian Baur, 56, was arrested Saturday in the death of Richard Hull, 30, of Maple Shade. At 10:19 p.m. Thursday, police said, officers responded to a report of a person with a gun on the 4500 block of Torresdale Avenue, where Baur lives. Baur said he had shot someone who tried to break into his car. Police found Hull unresponsive on the ground. He had been shot once in the back of the head and once in the back, according to a law enforcement source.
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