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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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Distracted mom pickpocketed

February 5, 2011

This was relayed to us by a neighbor. She was at a local cafe recently with her young son.

I was having breakfast with my son at the Green Line at 43rd and Baltimore from 9:15 am to 10:00 am today and I had my credit cards taken out of my wallet while I was sitting at the table. Sadly, I had my purse on the back of my chair with my coat hanging over it with my son on my lap. A woman came in and sat behind me and I thought she was sitting too closely because there were so many other tables around me. I scooted my seat forward away from her. Well, turns out it was not far enough. When she left I felt paranoid about the situation and checked my bag to find my wallet still there. But 4 hours later I got a call from my credit card company questioning several fraudulent charges. Lo and behold I checked my wallet and my cards were gone. Please, please keep an eye on your bags. I was stupid, careless and taking care of my son.

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Penn police cleared in November shooting

January 24, 2011

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The silver Cadillac stolen from 50th and Arch Streets. (Photo by westphillylocal.com)

The district attorney’s office announced today that no criminal charges would be brought against four Penn police officers involved in the November shooting death of an 18-year-old man following a car chase that ended at 40th and Locust Walk.

The announcement followed an investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Karl Sappleton, who along with 18-year-old Leslie Mosby crashed the silver Cadillac they had stolen into a metal post at 40th and Locust in the early hours of Nov. 21. The crash followed a car chase through West Philadelphia. The two men fled on foot. Mosby was taken into custody, but police said Sappleton, who was from Juniata Park, shot at them. The four officers – Benjamin Mauro, Fred Nichols, Greg Everage and David Adler – returned fire near the university library killing Sappleton. The DA’s office ruled that the four officers acted in self defense.

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Auto break-in at 51st and Larchwood

January 19, 2011

Hi. Here is a cogent reminder from reader Lisa Quinn.

She writes:

“I had my car broken into on the morning of Jan. 11. The robber smashed the driver’s side window and stole my I-pod and GPS, which were both stored in the center console. I want to get the word out so that people bring their devices inside instead of leaving them in the car for thieves. My car was parked at Larchwood and 51st. Just giving a heads up! Especially with the weather, you don’t want a broken window and your car exposed to the rain/snow/slush.”

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