The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between July 22-28. Information is courtesy of 6th District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association. To report crime tips, visit www.phillypolice.com or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).
— Between 10:30-11:05 a.m. July 22, someone cut the lock off a rear gate of a delivery truck that was parked outside 151 S. Broad St. and stole a hand truck and two boxes containing computer printers. — At 12:20 a.m. July 24, a man saw a male on a bicycle steal his own bike, which was secured to a pole outside 12th and Locust streets. The thief left behind the bike he was riding. The victim attempted to chase him but could not catch him. The suspect was described as a black male, bald, wearing a red shirt with a black backpack. Sixth District Officer Haberle attempted to lift fingerprints from the bicycle left behind. — Between 5-6 p.m. July 27, someone stole an iPod, cash and a gym bag from an unlocked 2000 Toyota that was parked in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. — At 8:15 p.m. July 27, a male with his hand in his pocket, simulating a weapon, demanded the employee of the 7-11 at 932 Market St. give him money. The male fled west with some cash. He was described as black, between 40-60, 5-foot-5, 150 pounds, with a gray beard and wearing a blue track suit, sandals, black hat and glasses. — At 8:45 p.m. July 27, a man left the engine running of his 2004 Chevy while he made a delivery in the 1100 block of Spruce Street and someone stole the vehicle. No description of the suspect(s) was available.
— At 12:30 p.m. July 23, a complainant saw a male steal his bicycle that he had secured to a pole outside 111 S. 13th St. and run north on 13th Street. The victim gave chase. Center City District Officer Fegley saw the males running, ascertained what occurred and apprehended the suspect and recovered the bicycle. The 27-year-old homeless suspect was charged with theft. — On July 23, 6th District plainclothes Officers Ferrero and Hill set up surveillance in the area of Juniper and Walnut streets and at 1:35 p.m. observed a male steal a bicycle from outside 208 S. Juniper St. The 22-year-old suspect with a New York address was charged with theft. — At 9:40 p.m. July 24, Citywide Vice officers made a prostitution arrest in the1200 block of Spruce Street. — On July 25, 6th District plainclothes Officers Ferrero and Hill set up surveillance in the area of 11th and Market streets and at 10:20 a.m. observed a male steal a bicycle from outside 41 S. 11th St. The 28-year-old homeless suspect was charged with theft. — At 11:25 a.m. July 25, Center City District Officers Moore and Bates observed a male engage in an illegal narcotics transaction outside 10th and Market streets. The 50-year-old suspect with an Olney address was charged with illegal narcotics sales. — On July 26, 6th District plainclothes Officers Ferrero and Hill set up surveillance in the area of 11th and Chestnut streets and at 9:30 a.m. observed a male steal a bicycle from outside 1100 Chestnut St. The 46-year-old suspect with a South Philadelphia address was charged with theft. — On July 27, 6th District plainclothes Officers Ferrero and Hill set up surveillance in the area of 11th and Chestnut streets and at 11:40 a.m. observed a male steal a bicycle from outside 100 S. 11th St. The 31-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address was charged with theft.