Crime Watch

Keep an eye out for a white Crown Vic

April 4, 2011

Here’s a note from our friendly neighborhood Tweeting Detective Joseph Murray at TheFuzz9143:

Looking for a white Ford Crown Victoria lic# HTD-9259. Wanted in connection to a dozen pharmacy robberies. Heavy tinted windows. Thanks

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Teens plead guilty to West Philly High computer theft

March 10, 2011

The two high school students arrested last month for the theft of 60 laptops from West Philadelphia High School pleaded guilty today.

6ABC is reporting that Jonathon Carter and Dadisi Williams both entered guilty pleas and that sentencing is scheduled for later this month.

Carter, a student at West Philadelphia High School, and Dadisi, a University City High student, were charged on March 1 after police arrested them in a sting operation. Police received information soon after the Feb. 21 heist that computers that fit the description of those taken from West Philly High were for sale on Craigslist. Police posed as potential buyers and lured Carter to 52nd and Market Streets, where they took him into custody. A search of Carter’s home uncovered 28 more laptops. Further investigation led police to Dadisi.


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Crime discussion tonight at Calvary Center

March 10, 2011

Lt. Brian McBride of the Philadelphia Police Department will discuss crime and crime prevention in the area tonight beginning at 6 p.m. at the Calvary Center (48th and Baltimore). The discussion is open to the public and is the first in a series of meetings on crime and crime prevention.

The meeting will take place in the center’s lower level.

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Teenagers arrested in West Philly High laptop heist

March 1, 2011

Police have nabbed two teenagers in the Feb. 21 theft of  dozens of laptop computers from West Philadelphia High School after they tried to sell them on Craigslist.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a man came forward after seeing a television news story about the stolen computers and told police that he bought a similar computer from an advertisement on Craigslist. Southwest Detectives then set up another buy last Thursday near 52nd and Market Streets where they arrested one of the teens.

Police found 28 more computers at the 17-year-old boy’s home. Another 17-year-old boy was arrested last Friday. One is a student at West Philadelphia High School and the other a student at University City High School, the Inquirer reported. Both are charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. Some 60 laptops in all were taken and about 30 are still missing.

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Gunshots reported near 41st and Pine

March 1, 2011

Police are investigating reports of multiple gunshots near 41st and Pine Streets early this morning. A Penn Division of Public Safety official told The Daily Pennsylvanian at about 2 a.m. that “No weapons were found, no suspects were found [and] no injuries were reported.” Residents near the area reported about four or five shots fired at about 1 a.m.


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Attempted mugging with a machete

February 9, 2011

Bill Green, who lives on the 4800 block of Regent reports that there was an attempted robbery by two people wielding a machete and a baseball bat on his block. He writes:

Another attempted robbery at machete point tonight on my block, 4800 Regent St. This time two men with ski masks, one with a machete & one with a baseball bat. They grabbed the man they tried to rob & acted menacing, but he yelled & lots of people (first & loudest his girlfriend) came out yelling & they ran away without getting anything. They wanted the man’s backpack. No one was hurt. This was about 8:30 pm, February 9th.

There was a similar mugging on the 4800 block of Beaumont, about four blocks north of Regent, in early January.

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