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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.
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
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.
NEWS
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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 23, 2000 | By Jason Wermers, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For the fourth time in four months, someone has cleaned all the money out of an automated-teller machine in the mid-Atlantic region. The latest theft came Saturday from a free-standing ATM in the drive-through lane of a First Union Bank branch at the Limerick Square Shopping Center, 70 Buckwalter Rd. The theft resulted in the biggest loss the machine's owner, Diebold Inc., of Plainsboro, N.J., had suffered in any of the thefts, $129,820, Limerick...
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
HOMICIDE investigators are probing a shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in Frankford on Thursday night. Police were called to Josephine Street, a dark, desolate stretch of an alley off Orthodox Street near Torresdale Avenue, at 10:17 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim, whose name has yet to be released, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Medics pronounced him dead on the sidewalk in the weeded alley. His body was splayed under a white sheet next to a pickup truck that was loaded down with trash bags.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A leader at a West Philadelphia mosque was arrested for allegedly trying to chop off the hand of a member accused of stealing money from prayer jars, police said Friday. Merv Mitchell, 37, was arrested Thursday night when police executed a search warrant at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim in the 1100 block of North 63d Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IT APPEARED that Dwayne Stewart didn't care whom he ripped off - whether they were longtime homeowners or folks looking to rent apartments. But rip them off he did, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, which last year charged Stewart, 44, with "stealing" five properties, theft from at least 12 additional victims in fraudulent real-estate scams and passing bad checks - including to the city's Recorder of Deeds Office. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Nichols sentenced the house thief to 2 1/2 to five years in state prison followed by 10 years' probation.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JEFFREY LITTLE, the North Philadelphia man arrested in May 2011 for fatally shooting a Penn State Abington senior during a botched robbery, pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday afternoon. Little, 22, his neck and hands covered with tattoos, signed the plea documents on the day that jury selection was set to begin for his first-degree murder trial in Common Pleas Court. If convicted by a jury, Little, a high-school dropout, would have received a mandatory life-without-parole state prison sentence.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA One question will take center stage Monday when Masai Skief is sentenced for embezzling from the charter school he ran: Did he forfeit a chance at a lower sentence by continuing to steal money from the school - even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud? Skief, 32, son of the late founder of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to embezzling $88,000 from the charter and from the Harambee Institute, a related nonprofit.
NEWS
December 28, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man suspected of stealing a pizza-delivery car in South Philadelphia was shot in the arm Thursday night when he allegedly tried to run down officers in an attempt to evade arrest, police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 29-year-old man allegedly stole the car, a Honda, at 10th and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The deliveryman had left the Honda running with the keys in the ignition, and the man just drove off with the car, Small said. At 22d Street and Snyder Avenue, police saw the Honda driving north and tried to stop the vehicle, Small said.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
KEVIN HART is mad as hell, and he's not afraid to let the world know. "Don't let the this [sic] bulls--- affect your mental, kids," the Philly-born comedian wrote yesterday in a Twitter post directed at the city's youth. "I love y'all and I will be back shortly. " Hart has to come back because a selfish thief capitalized on his charity. Last month, Hart donated 500 Sony Vaio computers to the city - 200 of which were given to the Parks and Recreation Department, which distributed them to 25 facilities in low-income areas.
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