39th District: Masked robber asked to leave, returns with gun

39th Police District: Blotter Jan. 7 through Jan. 13

This district covers lower West Germantown and East Falls as well as parts of Nicetown and Tioga.


Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

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3300 block Tilden St. complainant said her landlord threw a plate and mug at her during a dispute over an increase in her rent. Complainant was taken to the hospital after sustaining a 2” deep cut behind her ear.

3500 block Indian Queen LaneApple Macbook was stolen from a 2008 Honda Element between 9 p.m. Jan.6 and 7:15 a.m. Jan 7.

5000 block Erringer Place complainant said she was hit in the back of the head with an unknown object and pushed to the ground while waiting for the bus. Offenders then beat her on the ground and rifled through her things. An Apple iPod and around $200 in cash and gift cards were stolen.

1700 block W. Tioga St. – property manager said three men were caught on tape taking an external air conditioner. Complainant said his boss was in a dispute with the appliance installer. He said the installer threatened to remove and take the units which had already been installed.

3900 block Pulaski Ave. – complainant said an acquaintance attempted to punch and stab her with a knife during a dispute over house cleaning.

2400 block W. Hunting Park Ave. – cell phone was stolen from a 2002 Volkswagen Passat between 12 and 10 a.m. Jan. 7.

2200 block W. Lehigh Ave. – store employee said three men entered the store, pointed a gun and her and another employee and asked for cash. The offenders walked out with $300 and some SEPTA passes. They fled in a black Honda Accord.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

4400 block Wayne Ave. – 50” Phillips flat screen TV stolen from a storage locker. Complainant said he left the unit secure Dec. 28 and returned Jan.4 to find the set missing.  The lock was still secured on the locker that day. Complainant said he was the only person with a key.

2900 block N. 22nd St. – complainant said someone stole her pocketbook for the store’s counter. The bag contained $200, an iPhone and various credit cards.

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

5200 block Schuyler St. – complainant said he went to sleep around 2 a.m. Jan. 9 and awoke the following afternoon to find a bullet beside his bed and a bullet-sized hole in the ceiling. Police contacted the building’s maintenance man to check the apartment above the complainant’s bed.

3900 block Alfred St. – brand new bathroom sink and other materials stolen from the property. Complainant said she left the house around 11:30 a.m. Jan. 2 and when she returned in the morning Jan. 9 the items were missing. Complaint’s bathroom is being remodeled.

3800 block N. Smedley St. – complainant said two men robbed him at gunpoint after leaving the location. The offenders stole $25 and a handgun.

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

3000 block N. 35th St. – 2002 Toyota Avalon stolen. Complainant said she started the car around 8:25 a.m. Jan. 10 and walked back into the house. She then heard the car screech down the street.

3600 block W. School House Lane – tools, credit cards and an iPod stolen from a 2006 Mercedes R500.  Complainant said he started the car around 6:45 a.m. Jan. 10 and went back inside. When he returned five minutes later, the car was gone. Complainant said he had the keys and the vehicle shuts off after 10 or 20 minutes.

1800 block W. Venango St. – 2007 Chevy Malibu stolen between 1:30 a.m. Jan. 9 and 1:30 a.m. Jan. 10.

2000 block W. Erie Ave. – 1994 Ford Explorer stolen between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 10.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

3100 block W. Penn St. – 2007 Toyota Tundra stolen. Complainant said he turned on the car while it was illegally parked in front of his house. When he returned, the car was gone.

1700 block W. Hunting Park Ave. – Complainant said several students surrounded and held him up after lunch and stole his Apple iPod Touch. The offender was arrested and taken to the Northwest Detectives Division.

4200 block N. 16th St. – 1996 Ford Taurus stolen sometime after 6:30 a.m. Jan. 11.

1900 block W. Allegheny Ave. – store employee said man wearing a white mask entered the store and was asked to leave. Minutes later he returned wielding a handgun and demanded cash. The offender walked out with $150.

2200 block W. Somerset St. – 2011 Volkswagen Jetta stolen. Complainant said he left the car running while he was visiting his mother. When he left he saw someone driving away in his car.

1400 block W. Allegheny Ave. – 52 pieces of steel filler weights stolen from the property. Superintendent said someone removed the items from behind a locked fence between 3:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 7 p.m. Jan. 10.

Friday, Jan. 12, 2011

2300 block W. Hunting Park Ave.two women say their cell phones were stolen from the same living room between 3 and 4 a.m. Jan.11. Other people were in the house at the time.

1600 block W. Butler St. – complainant said her ex-boyfriend grabbed two knives from the kitchen and attempted to stab her. The two were having an argument about her decision to move out. Complainant told police her boyfriend stashed the knives in a trashcan out front. Police arrested him and took him to the Northwest Detectives Division.

2700 block N. 28th St. – a man was murdered. Police found him laying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The man was later pronounced dead. Another man shot twice in the upper back and upper right shoulder was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2011

2800 block N. Bonsal St. – 2000 Oldsmobile Bravado stolen. Complainant said someone from the neighborhood told him his vehicle had been towed, but a check-in with the police revealed that no officer or city agency towed the car.

2800 block W. Wishart St. – 2002 Jeep Liberty stolen between 4 p.m. Jan.12 and 8 a.m. Jan.13.

2600 block W. Lehigh Ave. – copper pipes stolen from the property. Complainant said someone entered through the rear yard, unlocked a rear window and stole the pipes from the basement’s heating and water system. The house is being renovated due to prior pipe damage.

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