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Police: Car Crash Thwarts Silver Bar Theft Getaway

Two men released on $50,000 bail after being charged with several counts of theft, courts say.

While making a getaway down Ridge Avenue after allegedly stealing valuable silver bars and coins, two Philadelphia men crashed their car, leading to their eventual arrest, Philadelphia Police said.

Carlo McMaster, 43, and Robert Culp, 26, face several theft charges following their arrest Nov. 16 in Roxborough from an incident near the Ivy Ridge Shopping Center, court records indicate.

Police said at 11:19 a.m. that day, a woman witnessed a man break into a Gold Buick Enclave from 7100 Ridge Ave. and remove an unknown object. He jumped into a white Chrysler 300, and another man drove them away.

The two, later positively identified as McMaster and Culp, police said, headed out to Henry Avenue and traveled southbound.

Near the Monastery Avenue intersection, they crashed the car. Police arrested them at 6100 Henry Ave.

Both sustained injuries and were treated at Roxborough Memorial Hospital before being transported to the Northwest Detective Division.

Police found a bag containing six silver bars and various coins, valued at $19,000.

McMaster, from Southwest Philadelphia, was arraigned Nov. 17 and charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, conspiracy theft by unlawful taking, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, and criminal mischief. He posted $50,000 bail at 10 percent and was released.

Culp, also from Southwest Philadelphia, faces all of the same charges, except fleeing or attempting to elude an officer. He posted the same bail.

After a Dec. 3 hearing was continued, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14, 2013.

Debbie Thomas December 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Too bad the crash wasn't fatal. It would have meant 2 less thieves off the streets and not being kept by the taxpayers in prison.
Martha January 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I am one of the suspects IM alive and the police got their story twisted I'm from south Philly n not south west I'm not in prison either anybody that listens to cops and believe it ur retards their liars turn pebbles into a mountain fuk them and anybody else who don't like it
robert culp January 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM
yeah to bad haaa but it wasent fatal and he innocent anyway so speak your mind somewhere else asswipe and by the way they are good kids anyway because the silver was stolen anyway but i guess you knew of that think before you speak and post such comments.......it could be someone in your family oooh my bad your perfect i guess besides hes free
Martha January 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I must say that you shouldn't speak upon things in which you nothing about,and it your comment only makes you look like a blubbering idiot.You haven't any idea of what the TRUTH really is.You don't know either of them or their situation where as I do.
Martha January 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM
So you should stop speaking about it before you make your self look even more residuals,your assumptions only makes you look like a bigger ass then you make them out to be.:) stupid Hagrid bitch

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