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Officers Catch Teens Breaking into Silverwood St. Cars, Police Say

Philadelphia Police say officers apprehended one teen for allegedly breaking into car.

Philadelphia Police say two officers allegedly caught Roxborough teens in the process of breaking into a car.

At 11:30 p.m. Nov. 5 the officers patrolled the 4400 block of Silverwood Street. Police said the officers observed three teens casing out vehicles.

One teen, a juvenille, then broke into a white 2006 Mazada Tribute, when police approached them.

The three teens fled the scene, but police were able to catch the one who broke into the car at 4500 Wilde St. The other two escaped.

Police followed up with the vehicle owner and confirmed that the teens were not allowed to enter his car.

The teen was arrested and processed at Northwest Detective Division. As a minor, police did not disclose his name. 

Debbie Thomas November 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
No big surprise.........once again the police don't provide a detailed description. Heaven forbid that residents know who to be on the lookout for.
Robert Scherf November 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Thankyou 5th district officers for this apprehension and arrest.
Ann P. November 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
@ Debbie-- if the offenders are juveniles, their identities are protected by law. It doesn't sound fair, but that is the law.
Gina M Clark November 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
@ Debbie & @ Ann; The police could have given a detailed description of the individuals that got away on account that they dont even know if they were juveniles!
Duke November 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thank you to the Police for catching a thief, larcenist, pilferer, stealer. I'm sorry I should have used the politically correct term for "The Teen" who was arrested and that is "The Teen." We will never know how many cars "The Teen" broke into before he was caught. Lawless people like to hang out in areas with a lot of graffiti. The Police did a great job and I hope they continue their patrols in the area of the 4400 and 4500 block of Silverwood street, Green lane and the surrounding area's.
Debbie Thomas November 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This time maybe the perps are not from outside the neighborhood. I say this because I frequently see teenagers hanging out on the Krams & Dupont steps drinking and smoking marijuana. It doesn't mean they're guilty but whoever did this had to be watching to make sure no one else was around.
Kevin November 29, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Good point Debbie. I think that in an area, such as we have in Man/Rox with all of it's tiny allies and pedestrian staircases, it is important for the police to utilize some good ol fashioned foot patrols... apparently they're missing an awful lot of crimes just sitting in their squad cars.
Alawishes J. Kornberg November 29, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Good Job Officers: Thank you 5th District Officers for this apprehension and arrest.
Phillycop November 30, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Good job by the 5th- just to clarify a few things...as said earlier the defendant is a juvenile and his name can't be released. Adding a description of the two fleeing offenders would be nice but to say they were white/black or green isn't really going help catch them and if they weren't in the car they won't get charged anyway. If you see juveniles out at night- 10:00 pm for minors under the age of 13 and 12:00 am for minors under the age of 18-call 911. Footbeats in Roxborough would be the biggest waste of time. The bikes can cover much more of an area but the old fashioned idea of footbeats is waaay overated. They would only be placed on Ridge or Main street, maybe the Andorra shopping center but to see them walk up and down side streets at night (11:30 PM) is a waste of manpower. Overall this is still one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city and don't be afraid to tell the Police commissioner or the Captain of the 5th that it will only stay that way if they continue to send Officers and resources here. If we don't demand it we'll see the problems that they have in the great NE happen here. Also lock your doors!!! Most cars in Roxborough sitting in driveways are unlocked-why do you think they prefer this neighborhood.
Keith December 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
@phillycop, Good advise. I say double check your vehicle to make sure its locked as a lot of times perps go walking down the street checking doors to see if left opened. My friends car was just broken into in area with no sign of forced entry. I found his car left open before and told him about it. Guess he understands now after being a victim.
J. December 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
" If you see juveniles out at night- 10:00 pm for minors under the age of 13 and 12:00 am for minors under the age of 18-call 911." Would the dispatcher send the Police or would this 911 call be determined to be to unimportant by the dispatcher to send the Police? I would hope they would dispatch a Police Officer to the scene but I don't know.

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