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 Nov. 12-Dec. 2. 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 or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).


— At 1:48 a.m. Nov. 12, someone entered Vedge Restaurant, 1221 Locust St., through a rear door and stole five bottles of liquor. Security video shows two black males, 25 years old with thin builds; one was wearing a blue cap and black jacket and the other was wearing a blue hoodie and jeans. (Reported Nov. 14.)

— At 2:30 a.m. Nov. 14, complainant was riding her bicycle east in the 1000 block of Pine Street when two males jumped in front of her, knocked her from the bicycle and took it, going north on 10th. The bicycle was abandoned in the 1000 block Locust Street and returned to the owner. The suspects were described as black males, one was 20 years old and 6-foot with a thin build and medium complexion and wearing dark jeans. No further description on the second person.

— Between 11 p.m. Nov. 11 and 9 a.m. Nov. 14, someone tampered with a lock and entered an office inside 1315 Walnut St. and stole two laptops. The door was repaired and staff cleaned up at 6 a.m. before police were called, thus no fingerprints were lifted.

— Between 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15, a secured bicycle was stolen from outside 10th and Walnut streets.

— Between 9 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2 a.m. Nov. 18, complainants left the door to their dormitory in the 1200 block of Spruce Street unlocked when they went out; when they returned, a laptop was missing. Incident was reported two days later therefore no fingerprints were lifted.

— At 11:35 a.m. Nov. 26, a woman was walking in the 400 block of South 10th Street when a male came from behind and snatched an iPhone from her hand, then fled east on Waverly Street. The suspect was described as a black male, 28 years old, 6-foot-2, 160 pounds and wearing a red sweatshirt and grey sweatpants.

— Between 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 9:30 a.m. Nov. 27, someone smashed the window of a 2008 Subaru parked in the 1300 block of Locust Street and stole a GPS. Sixth District Officer Maiorano attempted to lift fingerprints.

— Between 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28, someone broke the front-door window of Beaux Arts, 1000 Spruce St., and stole cash from the register. Central Detectives responded and attempted to lift fingerprints from the scene.

— Between 9 p.m. Nov. 27 and 11:20 a.m. Nov. 28, a secured bicycle was stolen from outside 916 Spruce St.

— At 5:40 p.m. Nov. 28, a male attempted to pick a man’s pocket as he entered the Holiday Inn at 1305 Walnut St., but was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as a black male, 35 years old, with a dark complexion, tall, with a thin build and wearing sunglasses, a black jacket, black pants and black hat.

— Between 1:15-4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, someone stole a laptop and GPS from an EmStar ambulance parked in the 800 block of Spruce Street. There was no forced entry into the vehicle.


— UPDATE: On Oct. 18, someone entered an apartment in the 1100 block Spruce Street without force and jewelry was taken. Sixth District Officer Maiorano lifted fingerprints from the scene that were later identified to a suspect and an arrest warrant was issued. At 8:05 p.m. Nov. 15, the suspect was arrested at the Parker Spruce Hotel, 261 S. 13th St., and charged with this burglary. Intensive investigation by Central Detective Division’s Special Investigations Unit resulted in the suspect being charged with additional burglaries in the 6th District that occurred as follows: Aug. 13, 200 block of Chestnut Street; Nov. 4, 300 block of South 11th Street; Nov. 12, 300 block of South 10th Street; 3rd District: Oct. 30, 800 block of South 10th Street; 9th District: Oct. 21, 1800 block of Pine Street; Oct. 28, 2200 block of Spruce Street; Nov. 4, 1600 block of Pine Street and Nov. 14, 1500 block of Pine Street. The 43-year-old suspect was charged with 10 counts of burglary and related offenses; the investigation is continuing. A 48-year-old female companion was also arrested and charged in six of these burglaries as she was acting as a lookout.

— At 10:55 a.m. Nov. 20, 6th District bicycle Officer McQue arrested a male wanted for probation/parole violations outside 200 S. Fawn St. The 41-year-old suspect with a Juniata address was charged with escaped prisoner.

— At 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30, 6th District bicycle Patrol Officers McQue and Keenan arrested a male outside 1238 Spruce St. wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear for court. The 45-year-old suspect with a Center City address was charged with contempt of court.

— On Dec. 1, complainant lost his iPhone and sent a message to it offering a $100 reward for its return; someone replied it would be returned for $160 and planned to meet the complainant at 237 S. Broad St. Police were contacted and 6th District Officer Barthelemy waited nearby during the meet. At 7:20 p.m., two males showed up with the iPhone; police apprehended them and recovered the phone. A 22-year-old suspect with a Juniata address and a 41-year-old suspect with a North Philadelphia address were charged with theft of lost property and related offenses.

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