August 22, 2016 |
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.
May 23, 2016 |
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.
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.
February 12, 2016 |
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.
January 14, 2016 |
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.
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.
January 7, 2016 |
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.
April 8, 2015 |
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.
April 6, 2015 |
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.
August 27, 2014 |
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.