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Crime Report

The following crimes are from the week of March 16 to March 22, 2008.

March 16. 9600 block Germantown Ave. Between 1 and 6:45 p.m., an unknown person forced open the passenger side door and gained entry to a 2000 Honda Civic and stole a Master Card, bank card, Wachovia card, driver’s license and money. Reported at 7 p.m.

March 17. 8500 block Germantown Ave. Police responded to a radio call of robbery in progress at bank. Robber handed teller a demand note; teller handed over money and robber fled. Black male, 21 – 25 years old, wearing Muslim garb, dark sunglasses, blue jeans, black sneakers and carrying a woman’s handbag.

March 17. E. Mermaid Lane and Crittenden Street. Complainant states she left her shopping cart unattended at 1:18 p.m., and when she returned her handbag was gone. Security camera did not pick up theft. Money and a credit card were stolen.

March 17. 200 block E. Willow Grove Ave. Between 6 a.m. and 4:02 p.m., an unknown person broke into complainant’s apartment. Nothing was taken from apartment, but taken from storage area were a radio and two detached speakers.

March 17. Unit block E. Willow Grove Ave. Complainant states that between 12:30 p.m. on March 14 and 6 p.m. on March 16, an unknown person attempted to break front door. When complainant came home, front door was almost completely broken in. Wooden frame was cracked and a key was needed to push door in.

March 17. 7700 block Crittenden Street. Complainant states that male attempted to walk off with cart full of items. Male did not get out of store but fled before police arrived. Black male, 5’9” tall, with a beard, 160 lbs., 30 - 40 years old, wearing a jacket, black baseball cap and glasses.

March 19. 8800 block Germantown Ave. Complainant states he was approached by the boyfriend of a co-worker. Complainant tried to speak to him, and offender became irritated, picked up a fire extinguisher and hit complainant on shoulder and back of head. Complainant then began to punch and kick offender. Security guards arrived and escorted offender out of building. Complainant’s child was also hit with fire extinguisher.

March 21. 7700 block St. Martin’s Lane. Complainant states between 11 p.m. on March 20 and 8 a.m. on March 21, an unknown person entered an unlocked 2004 BMW and stole five CDs.

March 21. 7700 block St. Martin’s Lane. Between 11 p.m. on March 20 and  6 a.m. on March 21, an unknown person entered a 2004 GMC vehicle and stole one Magellan Global Positioning System, two Barnes & Noble gift cards and money.

March 21. 400 block W. Springfield Ave. Between 12:50 a.m. and 7 a.m., an unknown person stole a set of keys from vehicle.

March 22. 200 block E. Hartwell Lane. Complainant states he was at Water Tower Recreational Center when male who took his skateboard refused to give it back to him. Offender swung board at complainant and hit him on side of head knocking him to the ground. Two accomplices of offenders, jumped in and with first offender started to punch and kick complainant while he was on the ground. The three males fled with skateboard from location. Complainant arose and staggered to Ardleigh and Hartwell Lane where police found him and transported him to Chestnut Hill Hospital. First offender, black male, 11 to 15 years old; second offender, Indian, 13 – 15 years old, wearing a blue sweatshirt; third offender, black male, 16 – 20 years old, wearing a white sweatshirt.

March 22. 8000 block Winston Road. Complainant states that between 12:45 and 8:10 p.m., an unknown person entered home through open window and stole a pink and white MAC computer.

Summary — Twelve crimes for week: two robberies, three burglaries, four thefts from vehicles; one aggravated assault and two thefts. The weather is warming and Town Watch needs your help. Call 215-248-1320 for information as to how you can be of assistance, protecting our community.

If you have been the victim of a crime and would like information, service or support, call Northwest Victim Services, 6301 Germantown Ave., Second Floor, Suite One, 215-438-4410. The service is free.