The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between Jan. 14-Jan. 20. 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).
INCIDENTS — At 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at 11th and Walnut streets, a man on a bicycle snatched a woman’s gold chain from her neck and fled west on Walnut. The suspect was described as a thin black male wearing a wool cap. — At 8:45 a.m. Jan. 15, used cooking oil stored in containers to be collected by a recycling company was taken without permission from outside El Vez, 121 S. 13th St., by the operator of a white Chevy truck with a Pennsylvania license plate. — At 1:25 p.m. Jan. 15, a man stole two iPad Minis from Springboard Media, 116 S. 13th St. The suspect was described as a black male, 25-30, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 150-180 pounds, wearing a gray jacket, jeans and a tan baseball cap. — At 10:45 a.m. Jan. 16, a woman was outside 201 S. Broad St. when a man snatched her handbag and fled south on Broad. The only description provided was a male wearing dark clothing. — At 6:45 p.m. Jan. 16, a man left his 2011 Ford with a valet at the 5 Star parking garage at 337 S. Broad St. When he returned, an envelope with cash was missing. — Between 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 17, someone stole a secured bicycle from outside 204 S. 12th St. — At 5 a.m. Jan. 17, a man left his 2003 Subaru running with a male he picked up in a bar outside 1201 Sansom St., and when he returned, the car and the man were gone. — Between 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, someone stole a handbag from an unlocked 1990 Ford, parked in the 1000 block of Chestnut Street. The victim did not want the scene checked for fingerprints. — On Jan. 17, a woman parked a 1997 Nissan somewhere around 1301 Chestnut St., but was not sure exactly where and reported it stolen because she could not find it. — At 1:35 p.m. Jan. 19, a man took a display phone from the wall of the AT&T store at 1206 Walnut St. and fled. The suspect was described as a black male, 25, 6-feet, with a light beard, wearing a blue hoodie and a dark vest. — At 2 a.m. Jan. 20, someone stole a pair of Michael Jackson-autographed shoes up for auction from a second-floor room inside the Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. The $50,000 shoes were later found in a limousine and returned to the owner. — At 5:55 p.m. Jan. 20, a man was getting into his car in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street when he was accosted by his former partner, who threatened him with a handgun. No injuries were reported. Central Detective Division has the identity of the suspect and will obtain an arrest warrant for assault.