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Cash Meant for Trashmen Stolen In Radnor

Did you see anyone last week taking envelopes off of trash cans?

Cash that was meant as a holiday tip for Radnor Township refuse collectors was stolen off of the streets of the township last week, according to police reports.

  • On Tower Road in Villanova, $25 disappeared in between 6 and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
  • On Cornwall Circle in St. Davids, $25 disappeared sometime between 8 and 8:20 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17.
  • On Walnut Avenue, a resident taped an envelope containing $20 to the top of his recycling container, and by 9:30 it had been removed prior to the trash collection on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Two residents reported seeing someone take the money, and one man drove after the thief. A resident of Bryn Mawr Avenue told police that around noon on Wednesday, Dec. 19 she saw a dark-colored car pull into her driveway, and someone in it take the envelope that contained $20.

A resident of Mill Road in Villanova attempted to chase down the person he saw take his money on Tuesday, Dec. 18. According to a police report, at about 9:15 a.m. the homeowner saw a person take the envelope and leave in what is described as a brand-new silver/gray metallic Ford Explorer. The homeowner got into his car and followed the Explorer, but was apparently not able to get close enough to get a tag number.

Did you see anything suspicious? Call Radnor Police at 610-688-5600.

Lee McNeill January 03, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Sadly, this has been going on for years. It seems more prevalent now - since its' easier to STEAL than to WORK for it. We live in Tredyffrin and have Blosenski. We mail our envelopes to a designated person in Blosenski's main office. She sees to it that the workers get the cards. We also get thank you notes from the workers! So we know the system works. Radnor may have to establish a system to collect the envelopes on behalf of those hard workers. Radnor has a whole year to get the word out to the residents, and supply them with the refuse collector's names.
Catherine January 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
We lucked out, heard the trash trucks and were able to hand our Christmas tip to the driver. But, pick up times are all over the place now so it's tough to figure out when the truck will be there. Why not encourage Radnorites to drop Christmas cash envelopes with their addresses written on them in a secure "slot" at the Twp Bldg?
Barbara Kraus-Blackney January 03, 2013 at 01:58 PM
This happened to us a couple of years in a row, a few years ago. Unfortunately we don't leave this gift anymore for this reason.
Noelle Heckscher January 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM
As upsetting as I am sure this was to the 'tipper' please do not put your life, or another drivers life, in jeopardy chasing someone down for $20! It is good to report them but you never know what kind of crazy person you may encounter in the chase! I just handed my Christmas tip right to the guys and they were happy with that. Or you can drop it off at the township building in the future.
Ashley January 03, 2013 at 02:32 PM
This happened to us as well in Radnor Township, on Cornell Drive. I was checking every 20 minutes to wave from the window at the guys, and when I saw the envelopes were gone (3 x $10 in lottery tix), I just met the guys and told them and handed them cash. They said you have to either tape it to underneath the lid, or hand it to them in person. Talk about low!!
Sam Strike (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Taping under the lid - good idea.
Anthony Wayne January 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Don't steal, the government hates competition.
Annie Webb January 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Anyone know if the same guys collect recycling as trash on our streets? Happy to give to both crews or just once if they're the same team. It's a shame that people are dishonest. These guys work so hard and are super friendly. They certainly deserve their gifts!
Karen Wilson January 03, 2013 at 03:53 PM
This year I flagged the guys down and handed the money to them directly, only because I forgot and realized as they were driving away....clearly the best way to make sure they get the money...and it's actually more personal.
BANKER0917 January 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM
This goes to dragging your cans to the street instead of having them pick up your trash on your property which has been the rule in Radnor Township since they started picking up trash all those decades ago. The tip of taping inside may be a deterrant but now that it hs been posted . . . LOL !!
Lee McNeill January 03, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Exactly Banker - Now all the creeps will know the envelope is taped under the lid. I still say drop it off at the Township building.
justwondering January 04, 2013 at 07:51 PM
and let's also remember that this person who has reportedly committed this crime is 'one of us' - a long time Radnor resident and I also think that her married side of the family even works for the township.........just another sad side to this behavior.....we are being harmed by our very own neighbors...........

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