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Purse Stolen From Car in Villanova, TJ Maxx Thwarts $500 Theft

Read about some of the thefts reported last week in Radnor.

A car was broken into in a parking lot behind the Villanova Nails salon on Lancaster Avenue in Villanova on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to a police report, the passenger side window was smashed between 2 and 6 p.m. A large brown leather purse that contained a wallet was stolen. Within the wallet was the standard stuff — cash, credit card and driver's license — and a little less typical — a Green Card.

Radnor Police are investigating a curious case of laptop theft at Cabrini College. According to a police report, a faculty member on Nov. 30 told an inventory manager there that his school-issued laptop computer had been stolen. The employee was asked if he had reported the theft to police, and he said he did, according to the inventory manager, although Radnor Police's system indicated no such report. As of Dec. 19, the date Cabrini Public Safety reported the theft to police, the laptop was still being used; a Web IP address locator put the computer in Northeast Philadelphia. The person using the laptop even created a Web page, according to police, titled, "Steven's MacBook Pro."

A Villanova University student may have more time to study now that his X-Box gaming system has been stolen from his dorm room. According to the police report, one of the victim's roommates had been letting friends live in the on-campus apartment for several weeks, during which they entered with a code. The roommate said that one of these people would be coming by to pick up his things during the day of Friday, Dec. 21. That day, the victim said, the gaming box valued at $250, three video games valued at $50 each and two controllers valued at $60 went missing.

Radnor Police are charing a 56-year-old woman from Darby with retail theft after they say she was one of two women who removed tags from items and then tried to return them at TJ Maxx in St. Davids on Sat., Dec. 22. When confronted by an employee, one woman left the store, but the second woman stayed. The merchandise police say she attempted to steal totaled $508.98.

John Dallas Bowers January 04, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Okay, a couple of comments. On the smash and grab from the car, it really does make sense to store valuables out of sight, even for short visits. The only reason I don't worry leaving my cell in view is that it's an ancient LG flip phone. Really. Who's going to steal that. Plus, it's turned off. The stolen laptop incident is, indeed, curious. Any idea of the faculty member's first name -- and whether the computer has been tracked down?
Sam Strike (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 08:35 PM
John, yes the faculty member is named in the report - and it's not Steven. As for the smash and grab, I believe the victim was an employee of a store in that immediate area. Perhaps she felt it was safer to keep her purse in her car. I don't know.

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