March 29, 2012
A DAY AFTER a 21-year-old man was arrested for slashing tires in Northeast Philadelphia, vandals early Wednesday damaged more than a dozen cars with a caustic chemical in Crescentville. The latest spree was reported about 4:30 a.m. on Van Kirk Street near Bingham. Initial reports indicated that an acid-like caustic liquid was thrown on more than a dozen cars, damaging their paint. Vehicles in various Northeast neighborhoods have been vandalized since October, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
July 22, 1997 |
Vandals took to the streets last week and went on a spree of smashing windows and bashing mailboxes. In what police said they believed were three unrelated incidents, 14 mailboxes were struck in Towamencin and neighboring Lower Salford Township. Towamencin police said vandals took 15 minutes on Saturday to damage windows in one car and four residences along Sumneytown Pike. Police said witnesses, who were also victims, saw two juveniles walking through their backyards between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. but never notified police until after they realized the damage was done to their property.
December 8, 1992 |
Vandals deflated the tires of 19 school buses and one van in a Great Valley School District lot in Charlestown Township during the weekend, causing the district's five schools to open two hours late yesterday morning, district officials said. The vandals removed the tires' valve stems, said Nancy Ziegler, the district transportation supervisor. The vandalism was discovered about 5 a.m. yesterday when the first employees arrived at the lot, on Charlestown Road adjacent to Charlestown Elementary School, Ziegler said.
April 11, 1991 |
John Schroth was 83 years into eternity when vandals tipped over the looming, 10-foot-high granite tower marking his grave in Roslyn's Hillside Cemetery. That memorial, and an almost identical one right next to it, fell and split into several huge chunks. Schroth was not the only victim. Sophie Wahl, who died in 1926; Ernst Wahl, who died in 1929, and an entire generation of Duebles, who were born in the mid-1800s, all had the monuments memorializing their stays on earth knocked over like giant, granite dominoes, some falling under the weight of others.
February 25, 1986 |
Since last December, David Lee's fur store on Castor Avenue in the Northeast has been the target of vandals who claim to be dedicated to saving the lives of animals. "This is the sixth time I've been hit," Lee said yesterday inside his paint-splattered shop on Castor Avenue near Magee. After several threatening phone calls, a lock glued shut and a sign Lee found Sunday stuck to a window that said, "Death Merchant," he is convinced the vandals also are dedicated to putting him out of business.
January 24, 1986 |
Chronic teen-age vandalism is plaguing the Northeast Philadelphia headquarters of the Sunshine Foundation, a nationally known group that fulfills the last wishes of terminally ill children. Dried splatterings of eggs and tomatoes, graffiti scrawls and splotches of paint mar the brick walls of the organization's building. Tin sheeting on the facade has been pried out. Sunshine volunteers regularly clean up beer bottles and cans from the front and back steps. "I am so utterly amazed, I can't get over it," said Carolyn Kelly, secretary to the Sunshine Foundation's founder, former Philadelphia police Officer Bill Sample.
April 21, 1993 |
Eighteen-inch-high orange letters were spray-painted late Monday night outside the Bucks County courthouse complex in Doylestown Borough - at the main entrance to the courthouse, and on the Vietnam War and World War I memorials. On the Vietnam War memorial, the letters read, "FBI = Death," at the courthouse entrance, "Death to the ATF," and at the World War I memorial, "They Died in Vain. " The Bucks County commissioners said yesterday that they believed that the vandals were protesting the federal government's handling of the Branch Davidian cult standoff near Waco, Texas, especially the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
October 13, 1987 |
Police in Delanco and Delran sorted yesterday through the shambles left in the wake of a crime spree that began Sunday evening in which the culprits vandalized a business and two schools and stole two cars and a pickup truck. No arrests have been made in the incident, which began about 7 p.m. Sunday in Delanco and ended in neighboring Delran sometime before 6:45 a.m. yesterday, police said. Delanco Township Police Lt. Edmund Parsons said the incident began with a burglary at the Rhawn Flange and Machine Co. on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday.
March 20, 2003 |
Montgomery Cemetery in West Norriton, where five Union generals and hundreds of Civil War infantrymen are laid to rest, has been desecrated by vandals, police said. Sometime before 2 p.m. Tuesday, tombstones at the cemetery on Hartranft Avenue were overturned. One fell onto a burial vault, breaking the marble slab covering it and exposing coffins to the elements, Lt. Dale Mabry of the West Norriton Police said. A Christmas wreath and veteran's marker were thrown into the open vault, said Charles J. Kelly, a member of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, which owns the cemetery and tends it. "Some creep comes along and decides to take out what somebody wanted to be their final resting place, and violates it," Kelly, 52, said.
September 28, 1988 |
Vandals caused more than $3,000 damage to the property of Cherry Hill Councilman Michael A. Schaffer last week, and Schaffer, who is also a fire chief, said yesterday that the destruction might have been in retaliation for repeated calls to police about drinking on fire company property. Schaffer, a freshman member of the council, said that between 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday and 7:05 a.m. Thursday, someone entered the grounds of his house in the 100 block of Philmar Avenue and tore up a half-dozen six-foot evergreen trees that had been planted recently.