July 3, 2015 |
THE FORECAST for this story is cloud-y with a chance of meatheads. Two thieves who stole a delivery driver's car, cash and cellphone in Upper Darby on Monday must have thought they were pretty smart when they turned off the GPS tracking on the victim's phone. But when the suspects started to use the phone to take photos of one another holding a shotgun, those photos were automatically uploaded to the victim's digital cloud and began to show up on the victim's other electronic devices, according to police.
June 19, 2015 |
Philadelphia police announced a new strategy Wednesday to protect seniors from crooks and scammers who pose as utility workers to get inside their homes: 911. The strategy, called "Be Sure Before You Open the Door," is simple. Whenever someone claiming to be from Peco or another utility comes to a door without an appointment, call 911. Police will figure out whether the person should be there, and send help if necessary. The program's strength is in its simplicity: It is much easier to dial 911 than to call a utility directly.
May 23, 2015 |
Police and federal officials are investigating an early-morning burglary at a Delaware County gun store in which thieves made off with 19 weapons. At 4:13 a.m., three or more men broke through the front window of the Suburban Armory, at 1008 McDade Blvd., in Collingdale. Once inside the store, they stole semiautomatic handguns, and revolvers, said Steven Bartholomew, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. "They smashed cabinets and grabbed the handguns," he said.
January 14, 2015 |
Beware: Don't use the same user name and password on multiple accounts across the Internet, whether it is for Apple iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, a credit card, or a bank. You could fall prey to crooks who last month latched on to user names and passwords from some unknown website and tried them out on American Airlines and United Airlines customers' frequent-flier mileage accounts - to cash in on free travel. Thieves obtained user names and passwords and used them to log into American's AAdvantage and United's MileagePlus, guessing that the log-in information might be the same.
August 6, 2014 |
A FORMER longtime employee at the U.S. Department of Labor's Philadelphia office and a relative were held for trial yesterday on charges that they used credit cards to steal more than $4,100 in gasoline last year. Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered Rhonda Winston, 54, and Maleek Adams, 24, to stand trial on charges of forgery, conspiracy, theft by deception and related counts after a preliminary hearing. The judge dropped a charge of possession of an instrument of crime that both defendants had faced.
June 13, 2014 |
MARISSA JADE is impossible to ignore. The sizzling model/actress attracts eyeballs - and keeps them glued to her - wherever she goes and whatever she does. Now, the nearly flawless Asian beauty is coming to Wizard Con Philly as a featured guest, and says that though she attends various shows throughout the year, Wizard Con Philly is one of the ones she is looking forward to the most. "I love Philly's atmosphere, the people and the food," Jade said. "I [will] attend . . . as a Cosplay girl.
February 12, 2014 |
West Philadelphia charter school executive Masai Skief pleaded for forgiveness from teachers and students Monday as he was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars from the school his father founded. More than 50 supporters packed the courtroom and said in unison that they were ready to give him another chance, but U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond proved less willing to excuse the 32-year-old for his crimes. Skief admitted last month that even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud, he continued to steal from Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, its related nonprofit, and a scholarship fund for low-income students.
January 1, 2014 |
EXTON A band of thieves distracted employees at a jewelry store at Exton Square Mall on Friday and made off with two diamond rings worth about $15,000 in total West Whiteland Township police said. Three of the four thieves entered the Zales store together around 4:15 p.m., then separated and looked at jewelry with different employees, police said. "Two of the subjects were there dealing with one of the employees," detective Scott Pezick said. "They were asking them different questions.
August 14, 2013 |
Cutting power lines and employing blowtorches, thieves have targeted bank ATMs and pharmacies over the last few months, stealing more than $100,000 in cash and narcotics, Philadelphia police said Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Dennis Woods, 37, also known as Dennis Boyce, with addresses in Deptford and on the 2400 block of American Street in South Philadelphia, Lt. John Walker said at a news conference at the Southwest Detective Division. A task force of Philadelphia police and FBI agents is working on the case.
August 5, 2013 |
Ben Perlman knew how to lock up a bike. Every night, the University of Pennsylvania junior said, he latched a U-lock onto the frame of his $400 Cannondale, laced a cable through the wheels, and secured it all to a fat wooden post on the porch of his off-campus house in West Philadelphia. But the city's bike thieves are a determined lot. One morning 18 months ago, Perlman woke up to find it all gone. Including the wooden post. "Which, to me, was impressive," Perlman said.