November 30, 2000 |
Two plainclothes cops' efforts to arrest a pair of car thieves in Center City yesterday led to a scene straight out of a Hollywood action movie. The two thieves had been under surveillance for three hours, when the officers saw them steal a laptop computer after breaking the front window of a Dodge Durango, investigators said. When police tried to arrest them, the slippery thieves jumped into their blue station wagon, rammed into one of the officers and then sped in reverse the wrong way on the mostly residential stretch of 25th Street, police said.
July 28, 2012 |
The thieves had pulled a white van up to the back of the snazzy Chestnut Street restaurant Buddakan. Were they stealing cash, or the giant golden Buddha? A stash of the popular "dip sum" doughnuts? Nope. They were after the used cooking oil. With biodiesel production increasing and prices for feedstocks - including used cooking oil - soaring, a waste product that restaurants once paid to get rid of is now a commodity targeted by thieves. Greenworks Holdings, a group of companies that collect used cooking oil and convert it into biofuel, serves about 13,000 restaurants, mostly in the northeastern states.
July 21, 1996 |
Talk about thieves with nerve. Embarrassed Camden police reported yesterday that two metal step railings leading from the visitors' parking lot to the front entrance of the Police Administration Building had been stolen. Police said the six-foot-long railings probably were stolen late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The thieves were kind enough to leave the structures that the railings were attached to. The railings were in view of several windows of offices in the two-story headquarters, at 800 Federal St. Police cars have to pass within a few feet of the railings to enter the parking lot. There was no estimate of the costs of the railings.
August 22, 2011 |
Police are looking for the thieves who broke into a Chester County candy store Friday night and made off with a donation bucket for an accident victim. The burglary at the Candy for All Occasions store at 2049 Newark Road in New London Township was the second one in three months, police said. The thieves stole assorted candy, damaged a cash register and broke a window. The stolen donation bucket, containing at least $100, was for Corey Marie Beattie, who suffered serious brain and neck injuries in a 2010 car crash.
January 25, 2001 |
Township police are investigating the weekend theft of a small arsenal of handguns and rifles from a Makefield Road house, weapons all registered and equipped with safety locks. Police Lt. Neil Harkins said one or more people broke into the house Saturday night and stole seven 9mm handguns, a .40-caliber handgun, a .45-caliber Ruger, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 223 Bushmaster hunting rifle. He said the thieves entered the house by breaking a backdoor window in the basement and unlocking the door.
June 22, 1995 |
The burglary at the chapel of St. Joseph's Pro Cathedral in East Camden was probably the work of drug addicts, its pastor reflected sadly. "It had all the earmarks of that kind of robbery," Msgr. Robert McDermont said last night. "It would be enough to get a fix. " Stolen were a statue and three devotional paintings, all of them depictions of Mary, the mother of Jesus. "When you're drug-addicted, you'll steal from your own mother," said the monsignor. Officials at the church, at 2907 Federal St., discovered the theft early Tuesday.
October 1, 1992 |
Thieves drove a van last night through the front doors of a shoe store in the Grays Ferry Shopping Center, looting it of armloads of shoes and sneakers as witness watched from the other end of the strip mall. At 11:45 p.m., the thieves backed the new, burgundy-colored van onto the sidewalk outside the Foot Stop on the 3000 block of Grays Ferry Avenue and then through the store's glass doors, shattering windows and bending back the metal security gate inside. The crash jarred shoppers and security guards outside the 24-hour Pathmark supermarket.
August 22, 1989 |
Thieves armed with sledgehammers broke into the 11th-floor office of a Center City coin and antiques dealer early yesterday and stole silver, gold, diamonds, jewelry, rare coins and cash with a possible value of $500,000, police said. Police believe the thieves were executing the heist even as an alarm sounded at 1:30 a.m. and patrol officers stood outside the 12-story building at 1700 Walnut St., unable to enter the locked building. Andrew Kaufman, the owner of Coins & Currency Inc., a dealer in coins, antique jewelry and other valuables, said last night that he discovered the theft when he came to work yesterday.
August 20, 1992 |
Since last Thursday, thieves have struck a Bristol Borough baseball card shop and a sports card convention at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, stealing at least $11,000 worth of cards, police said. The largest theft occurred at Philadelphia Park. Sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, thieves made off with about $10,000 worth of cards. A 1962 Gaylord Perry, a 1957 rookie Frank Robinson, a 1961 Mickey Mantle All-Star, a 1966 Sandy Koufax - and a host of others - were taken from four dealers from Florida, Virginia and Philadelphia, police said.
July 15, 1990 |
Summer vacation is a risky time for collectors who leave their stamps, covers and other philatelic material at home. But even without resorting to a safe or rental bank vault, collectors can protect their collections from thieves. Earl Sumner, former FBI agent and head of the stamp theft committee of the American Philatelic Society, expects that $2 million to $3 million in stamps will be stolen this year. "The loss of stamps at home is usually a crime of opportunity," Sumner said.