Gayborhood Crime Watch

Gayborhood Crime Watch

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The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between March 8-12. 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. To report crime tips, visit or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).

ARREST: At 1:20 a.m. March 8, 6th District officers stopped a male in the 1300 block of Locust Street and found that he was wanted on a warrant for probation violations.

REPORT: At 3 a.m. March 8, complainant was talking to a panhandler at Broad and Locust streets and was about to give him money when another panhandler grabbed the money from his pocket and fled. The offender was described as a black male, 40 years old, 5-foot-5, with a light complexion and thin build, wearing a dark hoodie.

ARREST: At 8:55 a.m. March 9, Central Service Detail officers observed a male yelling obscenities at passing pedestrians near Juniper and Market streets. The 69-year-old male with a West Philadelphia address refused to disperse and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

ARREST: At 9:40 a.m. March 9, complainant was walking in the 1100 block of Market Street using his cell phone when a female snatched it from his hand and fled. After checking the area with his friend, the complainant flagged down police and pointed out the offender. Officers from the Highway Patrol Unit apprehended the female and recovered the complainant’s cell phone. The 32-year-old suspect with a South Philadelphia address was charged with theft and related offenses.

REPORT: Between 9:30 p.m. March 9 and 12:50 a.m. March 10, someone smashed the window of an out-of-towner’s 2010 Honda, parked in the paid garage at 1200 Walnut St., and stole a GPS. This report was received by the DPR Unit via phone, police were not dispatched, and thus no fingerprints were lifted.

ARREST: At 11:40 p.m. March 9, 6th District plainclothes officers arrested a male for prostitution at 1220 Locust St.

REPORT: At 5 p.m. March 10, a video projector was taken from a third-floor conference room inside the Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. Video shows that the offender was a black male, in his 30s, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, with a dark complexion, a muscular build and close-trimmed beard and mustache, wearing a grey striped brim hat, a black button-down shirt, grey pants and carrying a black plastic trash bag.

REPORT: At 11:25 p.m. March 11, complainant was asleep in the subway, 1004 Market St., and was awakened by another homeless male known to him by last name only who then cut the complainant on the cheek with a knife and fled to street level. The offender was described as a Hispanic male, in his late 20s, last name of Ramos, 5-foot-2, with a beard and wearing a blue coat.

ARREST: Between 2-7:30 a.m. March 12, someone entered an unlocked 2004 Jeep, parked in the 1000 block of Spruce Street, and stole a phone and ID. Officer Cody was unable to lift fingerprints.

ARRESTS: At 8:40 p.m. March 12, 6th District bicycle patrol officers observed a group of approximately 10 youths, ages 8-18, gathered outside 1 S. Broad St., blocking pedestrians and acting disorderly. The group was ordered to disperse; two males in the group, ages 17 and 18, refused and were arrested for disorderly conduct.

REPORT: At 8:45 p.m. March 12 (reported 9:45 p.m.), complainant was at Broad and Pine streets when a group of about eight teens accosted him, demanded and took his wallet and cell phone and fled east on Pine. The only description provided was approximately eight black males, age 17.

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