The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Jan. 10-16. Information is courtesy of Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association.
ARREST: On Jan. 10, 6th District plainclothes officers set up surveillance at 10th and Market streets inside McDonald’s due to recent thefts. At 5 p.m., a male picked up a customer’s laptop from a table and walked out of the restaurant. Police arrested the 55-year-old suspect was charged with theft.
REPORT: On Jan. 10, complainant left his apartment in the 1100 block of Spruce Street with the door unlocked. When he returned at 7 p.m., a Macbook, a watch and quarters were missing. There was no forced entry.
REPORT: At 2:10 p.m. Jan. 11, complainant was walking in the 1100 block of Chestnut Street when a male punched her, took her cell phone and ran west on Chestnut. The offender was described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5-foot-10 with thin build and wearing a tan hat, tan jacket and tan boots.
ARRESTS: Between 10:30 p.m.-midnight Jan. 12, 6th District officers arrested five males for obstruction of the highway related to prostitution at the following locations: 1200 Locust St., 1200 Spruce St. and 215 S. 13th St.
REPORT: Between 1-5 a.m. Jan. 13, someone stole cash and items from Philly Cupcake, 1132 Chestnut St. The complainant said the doors were locked and there was no sign of forced entry.
ARRESTS: At 1 p.m. Jan. 13, store security inside the Rite Aid, 215 S. Broad St., observed two males attempting to steal mp3 players. When confronted, the males pulled out a box cutter and threatened the security officer. The males eventually dropped the items and 6th District Officer Maiorano took them into custody. A 20-year-old suspect and a 27-year-old suspect were charged with robbery, aggravated assault and related offenses.
REPORT: At 12:35 p.m. Jan. 15, a male entered the Scrub Shop, 134 S. 11th St., asked some questions, then grabbed a pile of scrubs and fled, last seen going west on Sansom. The offender was described as a black male wearing a skull cap and a blue jacket with an apron over it.
ARREST: At 2:45 p.m. Jan. 15, 6th District Officers Ferrero and Blackburn observed a male in front of the subway entrance, 1044 Market St., with a crowd around him. The male had a cardboard table and was taking bets and running a “bottle-cap game.” The officers confiscated the evidence, including $859 in cash, and arrested the male. The 38-year-old suspect was charged with gambling and related offenses.
REPORT: At 2:30 a.m. Jan. 16 (reported at 12:45 p.m.), complainant was walking south on 13th Street at Chancellor when a male with a knife (no further description) demanded and took her purse, iPod and phone.