Two burglaries un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Downingtown po­lice ad­di­tion­ally made sev­eral ar­rests in re­ported thefts

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

DOWNINGTOWN >> Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing sep­a­rate burglaries at a busi­ness and a res­i­dence this month, among re­ported thefts, some that re­sulted in ar­rests.

Creek­side An­tiques at 35 West Lan­caster Av­enue was bro­ken into some­time overnight on Sept. 8, po­lice said. Creek­side An­tiques is a con­sign­ment shop and mul­ti­ple own­ers have items up for sale within the build­ing. Nu­mer­ous stolen items in­clude an­tique jew­elry, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. Po­lice noted that all items miss­ing will not be known un­til a full in­ven­tory is taken. Dis­play cases and cab­i­nets were ran­sacked and rum­maged through. Po­lice said a win­dow was used to gain en­try to the build­ing.

Forced en­try burglary

Downingtown po­lice some­time be­tween noon and 5:40 p.m. on Sept. 3, a home lo­cated on May Ap­ple Drive in East Caln was bur­glar­ized. An un­known per­son(s) broke into the res­i­dence and stole nu­mer­ous items that in­cludes a work com­puter, fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion, credit cards, checks and sev­eral pieces of jew­elry, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

Re­tail theft

Downingtown po­lice re­sponded to Weg­mans Food Mar­ket lo­cated at 1056 East Lan­caster Av­enue in East Caln at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 for a re­tail theft in progress. Po­lice said the sus­pect, de­scribed as a white man wear­ing a gray “Blue Hens” T-shirt and tan shorts, re­port­edly fled the park­ing lot in a sil­ver Honda sedan. Po­lice said the man took a shop­ping cart of items to­tal­ing $509 out of the store al­legedly with­out pay­ing for them. Em­ploy­ees at­tempted to stop and de­tain him with­out suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.


Downingtown po­lice said David R. Preston, 63, of Downingtown, was re­ported as tak­ing mer­chan­dise from Dick’s Sport­ing Goods at 1026 East Lan­caster Av­enue in East Caln. Po­lice said Preston, an em­ployee of Dick’s Sport­ing Goods, at­tempted on Sept. 5 to take mul­ti­ple Un­der Ar­mour brand shirts and a pair of Beats ear bud head­phones for a to­tal of $400. Po­lice said dur­ing an in­ter­view with the store man­ager and the of­fi­cer, Preston re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to hav­ing pre­vi­ously taken items on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions since Oc­to­ber 2015 amount­ing to ap­prox­i­mately $6,487. Preston was ar­raigned on re­tail theft charges.

Downingtown po­lice said Daniel Thomas Bab­cock, 21, of Downingtown was re­ported to po­lice for al­legedly re­mov­ing money from the reg­is­ter at the Wawa at 100 Wal­lace Av­enue on Sept. 3. Po­lice said Bab­cock, an em­ployee of the Wawa, re­moved $1,384 from the reg­is­ter he worked on from Aug. 22 through 27. Bab­cock has been charged with theft by un­law­ful tak­ing, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

Downingtown po­lice said Robert Mau­rice Walker, also known as Wayne Booth, 44, of Philadel­phia, at­tempted to pur­chase a sewing ma­chine al­legedly with a fraud­u­lent check at Jo-Ann Fab­rics lo­cated at 931 East Lan­caster Av­enue in East Caln at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 2. Of­fi­cers re­sponded and said they met Walker at the door as he at­tempted to exit. Walker is also wanted for other thefts in other Jo-Ann Fab­rics and Vik­ing Sewing Gallery stores, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Walker was charged with theft, bad checks, forgery and re­lated charges, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. Un­able to post his $30,000 bail, he was re­manded to Chester County Prison.

Downingtown po­lice said James A. Abra­ham, 55 and Fay El­iz­a­beth Grover, 52, both of Downingtown, were iden­ti­fied on Sept. 3 as the two that al­legedly stole $1,700 of cig­a­rettes from the Turkey Hill at 132 West Lan­caster Av­enue for the theft re­ported on May 15. Po­lice said sur­veil­lance footage re­port­edly showed Grover, a former em­ployee, walk in and open a rear door to al­low Abra­ham, also a former em­ployee, to gain en­trance. After re­mov­ing the lock on a cabi­net, the two re­port­edly col­lected car­tons of cig­a­rettes and ex­ited the back door. Po­lice said Abra­ham and Grover were charged with re­tail theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, theft by un­law­ful tak­ing

and other charges, both were ar­raigned on Sept. 8 and re­leased on $20,000 un­se­cured bail each.

Pub­lic drunk­en­ness

Downingtown po­lice said John Matthew Poluch, 52, of Honey Brook, was re­ported as be­ing al­legedly in­tox­i­cated in­side the Wine and Spir­its Shop at 861 East Lan­caster Av­enue in East Caln at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 when the busi­ness

was closed. Upon ar­rival, po­lice said they found the front door un­locked and Poluch lean­ing on the check­out counter, un­steady on his feet. The store should have been se­cured the pre­vi­ous night at 7:30 p.m., po­lice said, but it was not. Poluch told po­lice he ar­rived to make a pur­chase, not re­al­iz­ing the busi­ness was not open to the pub­lic. Poluch was charged with pub­lic drunk­en­ness.

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