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 Feb. 17-21. Information is courtesy of Capt. Brian Korn, Sixth District; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service, Center City District, the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association.

REPORT: At 3:25 p.m. Feb. 17, inside Edible Arrangements, 125 S. 12th St., two females took a stuffed animal and a card and fled without paying. The offenders were described as black females, the first wearing a big fur coat, striped shirt, grey pants and no further description for the second. The pair escaped in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix with a possible Pennsylvania license plate HKK-9533, driving south on 12th Street.

REPORT: At 3 p.m. Feb. 17, complainant was walking on the 100 block of South Broad Street when a male bumped into her and took her wallet from her handbag. Complainant reported incident on Feb. 20 after she was notified that credit cards were used. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 25-35 years old, 5-foot-11, medium build, wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans.

REPORT: At 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19, complainant was walking south on the 100 block of South 12th Street when a person snatched her handbag from behind. The complainant reported the incident to the Third District the next day and was unable to provide any description of the offender.

ARRESTS: The following arrests were made on Feb. 19 by the Citywide Vice Unit for Prostitution:

200 block of South 13th Street, at 8:55 p.m., 1 male;

100 block of South 13th Street, 10 p.m., 1 male

ARREST: At 7:25 a.m. Feb. 21, police and fire personnel responded to a fire at 309 S. Broad St., Philadelphia International Records. The third floor was on fire and a male had to be rescued from that floor by the fire department. The male was taken to the hospital for treatment and initial interview. Later, the fire was determined to be arson; investigation and review of internal security video led to the arrest of the previously rescued male for arson, burglary and related offenses. The 27-year-old suspect was taken into custody and charged on Feb. 24.

ARREST: At 9:05 p.m. Feb. 21, 1201 Walnut St., a Parkway Corporation employee observed a male inside a Jeep parked on the fourth level of the garage with a broken window. The employee called 911 and provided a description. Sixth District Officers DiDonato and Whitford apprehended the male on the 1200 block of Walnut Street and he was identified by the witness. A book bag was recovered from the offender and identified by the out-of-town complainant as having been in his Jeep. The 35-year-old homeless suspect was charged with theft from motor vehicle and related offenses.

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