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Tips Help Police Close Separate Cases

Fifth District Police encourage residents to submit tips for suspicious behavior.

Because of tips from Roxborough residents, Philadelphia Police successfully arrested two suspected thieves in early September, according to police.

At civic association meetings over the last week, Community Relations Officer Charles Kline detailed recent burglaries and arrests that were triggered by residents' tips.

On 5600 Henry Ave. Sept. 6, a man kicked down the front door of a home and burglarized it. He escaped through an alley way with bushes. 

"A neighbor there noticed him, thought something was suspicious and called it in..." Kline said. "Police came out, and he was hiding in the bushes."

Although police did not release his name, Kline said police connected the burglar to two other home invasions. Kline did say the burglar lived outside Roxborough.

In Shawmont, Kline said six thefts from autos occurred on 400 Evergreen Ave. Similarly, tips from neighbors led to an arrest.

"When we get help from the public, we can do better. Like that lady calling on Henry Avenue. He cleared three jobs on that," he said.

Before the crimes happen, however, Kline said resident can be their own best defense.

"These people come into the neighborhood because they know people are leaving things in their cars. Leaving cell phones, computers, CDs. Some of these cars are unlocked, the windows are down," he said.

Where cars particularly get hit hard, Kline said, is on Bells Mill Road, near Wissahickon Valley Park.

"People are getting out of their cars and leaving their purses in their trucks. But (the thieves) are sitting up in the woods watching," he said.

Another resident said at the Ridge Park Civic Association Thursday that runners at Roxborough High School Track also casually leave their belongs unattended.

The police encourage residents to utilize the police department's tip line via phone 215-686-TIPS (8477), text message PPDTIP (773847), or—if people have photo or video—email to tips@phillypolice.com.

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Renee_C September 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Roxborough is such a great community that had very little crime, all that seems to be changing and it is very upsetting. We have people coming into our neghborhood from other neighborhoods perpetuating crimes from assault to breaking and entering. Something needs to change, this is terrible.
Debbie Thomas September 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Yes, Roxborough is like Center City with reference to crime. It's not the residents committing most of the crime, it's people from outside the neighborhood.
Christian Hartleben September 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Your point, Debbie and Renee? Time to build a wall around your neighborhood? Folks with such an attitude aren't appreciated on my block. Xenophobia - unproductively demonizing the Other, the Alien, the one from outside our neighborhood - is un-American. Do you even have statistics about who commits crime here? You may be quite right, I'm asking. But I wouldn't be surprised if you only want it to be true. We're all in this together, or I guess you could secede.
Ted Mosby September 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM
The two that robbed cars on evergreen are neighborhood scumbags that have lived in rox/myk their whole lives. whatever point they were trying to make was lost when used in response to those listed crimes 5 counts and 6 counts
Christian Hartleben September 18, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thank you for pointing this out; but I'm sure your facts will make no impact on those who rush in to take any opportunity to bash the Other. They are not looking for solutions - they are here to commune with fellow haters.
john mccormick October 08, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I think these people's names and faces should be plastered all over the neighborhood. 19127,19128 area is the safest in the city. If these criminals are known, I believe there would be less crime.

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