October 15, 2011 |
In another sign of the lure of precious metals in a tight economy, two local hospitals announced Friday that thieves stole scrap X-rays last month, presumably to harvest silver from them. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center said they were concerned about the thefts primarily because of patient privacy issues. Some of the stolen films may have included patients' names and birth dates, although they did not include Social Security numbers, addresses, or financial information.
December 1, 1991 |
Thieves broke into the Area Rug Co. store in Spread Eagle Village on Friday night, cut through a wall into the George Strain & Son fur salon and made off with $200,000 in furs, Radnor police reported. According to a police report, a woman who was a customer at the nearby Auberge Village restaurant in the shopping area off Lancaster Avenue saw two or three men placing items into a white van in a back parking lot. The men then left in the van at a high rate of speed. Police were called and found that a rear door to the Area Rug Co. had been forced open, according to the report.
January 29, 1997 |
The owners of a North Philadelphia scrap yard have a message for the thieves who stole a 750-pound helicopter part from them this week: Caution. It's radioactive. The owners of the Absco scrap yard at 1310 N. Second St. told police and environmental officials that someone took a helicopter jet turbine housing from them sometime between Friday and Monday. The owners don't know exactly what the part is used for. But they do know it contains a small amount of thorium, a radioactive metallic element.
September 14, 1988 |
For the second time in three weeks, District Justice John T. Jeffers of Phoenixville has learned that nothing is safe - not even his office safe. "I can't believe it happened again," Jeffers said yesterday after the overnight burglary at his court office, where thieves took a new safe that was to replace one stolen at the end of August. "The only thing in it was the warranty," Jeffers said with a laugh. "I never even got to see it. " Jeffers said the new 212-pound safe, which cost $430, was delivered about 4 p.m. Monday, about a half-hour after he had left for the day. It was scheduled to be bolted to the floor sometime soon.
March 19, 1992 |
The huge American flag, on its 100-foot pole, has flown day and night for years as a landmark for the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge. But by the dawn's early light yesterday, it was gone, stolen in the night. The 30-by-60-foot, 55-pound flag was one of the largest in the country, said Michael A. Moyer, assistant development officer of the nonprofit foundation. Two locks on the base of the pole were broken, he said. "This flag served as a local landmark to all the people in the area.
December 21, 1994 |
It took three men and a gun to stay this courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. James McCullough, 23, a letter-carrier, had just made a delivery at a delicatessen at Clearfield and Ruth streets in Port Richmond at about 11 a.m. yesterday when he was accosted by two men, one with what looked like a pistol in his belt, according to postal inspectors. The thieves took a $20 bill from his pocket, and one of them barked, "I've killed seven people before, so one more ain't gonna make no difference.
July 29, 2010 |
The thieves had only one thing on their minds when they broke into a Philadelphia library branch early Monday morning: They left it high and dry, stripped of all its copper piping. Forty personal computers and other valuables were left untouched. Officials estimate that repairing the damage at the Lillian Marrero branch in North Philadelphia will run about $80,000. "They took out every ounce of copper piping they could get their hands on," said Siobhan Reardon, the president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
July 16, 2013
CAMDEN - Thieves broke into PNC bank machines in the 100 block of North Broadway Saturday night and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Authorities responding to a report of smoke coming from the building around 11 p.m. discovered that the ATMs had been tampered with. Police said witnesses reported seeing two black males loading the machines' contents into a black Honda Accord and speeding away. "This was not an act of smash and grab, rather a sophisticated burglary that seemed well-planned utilizing unconventional tools to gain entry into the building and the ATM machines," said Camden County Chief Scott Thomson.
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 3, 1990 |
Even at a time of creative crime, Mescheba Shlafshteyn stood out. In the world of stolen goods, as the police tell it, she was a fence among fences - so ingenious she could have come from a Perry Mason case. She was The Fence Who Paid Train Fare. She paid SEPTA fare for hoodlums to prowl the subways for snatch-and-run targets, investigators said. In turn, they brought her their booty - earrings, chains, charms - and she paid them off. The subway thugs, police said, used the money to feed their drug habits.