Police Blotter: Bullying, Purse-Pinching and Burglary Bust

A 12-year-old girl is charged with assault at Presbyterian Children’s Village.


A 12-year-old girl reportedly beat a 13-year-old girl in the head with a tree branch at Presbyterian Children’s Village, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens in Rosemont.

The assault happened on the evening of March 18. According to an employee there, the girls had been having an argument on the property of the facility. The victim, who was semi-conscious and going in and out of convulsions according to the police report, was transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The offender was charged with aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct and was taken to the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center.

High school harassment reported to police

A 16-year-old Radnor High School student has been cited with harassment of an 18-year-old student.

According to the student who reported the harassment on March 19, a prior incident between the two boys took place March 5 and since then twice in the halls of the school he was called a “pussy” by the accused.

The complainant said he also reported the incident to school officials. Police told the accused that further contact with other boy could result in a higher-grade criminal charge.

Watch your wallet

A woman sitting at the bar at Christopher’s reported that on the night of March 7 her Louis Vuitton wallet containing cash, credit cards and identification disappeared from her purse, which had been hanging on the rear of her chair. She had been at the bar between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Two weeks later on March 20 another woman reported that her wallet – and in it, credit cards – was stolen while she dined there between about 2 and 3 p.m. She later discovered a charge on her credit card of more than $500 at Kohl’s department store in Exton. The manager told police that no one there at the time had stood out as “out of the ordinary.”

Theft at the gym

Two thefts occurred recently at the Philadelphia Sports Club in St. Davids, begging the question, Where is your stuff safer – in the locker room or in the car?

On the evening of March 17 a woman reports that she put her belongings in the women’s locker room and after she returned two hours later she discovered her keys missing. She checked her car, where she discovered her purse missing, but it was later discovered that it had been thrown about 50 feet from the car.  Thirty dollars had been taken from her wallet.

The following day it was reported that someone stole a man’s brown suede coat and keys while he was at the gym early in the morning. Nothing had been taken form his car, according to the man.

More Thefts

A deep fryer in a locked basement closet of Real Pizza in Wayne was reported missing by the business owner on March 20. There were no signs of forced entry to the closet and the only keys to it hang in the pizza shop, according to the police incident report.

A woman reported March 20 that someone stole cash from her purse, which was left in her unlocked car overnight on Ashwood Road in Villanova. She said that about $35 in cash and coins and a $250 GPS system were taken, though no credit cards were missing from her purse.

A woman who accidentally left her wallet in a shopping cart at Bed Bath and Beyond in St. Davids on March 20 had her credit card used to purchase a $400 gift card by a couple who an employee said have been in the store numerous times before. Security camera footage has captured the couple purchasing the gift card, which was promptly cancelled by the store manager.

Suspect in big business burglaries charged

A 30-year-old Philadelphia man has been charged with more than one dozen counts of burglary and other related charges in four burglaries of Radnor businesses in November, December and January.

On March 8 Radnor police filed criminal complaints against Marshall Porter for burgling three businesses in the Radnor Corporate Center and one on Radnor Chester Road in Radnor.

According to police reports, numerous computers, televisions and other equipment were taken from the businesses by Porter.


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