Political sign stolen from yard
DOWNINGTOWN >> It’s the time of the year that political signs go missing.
Between 4 and 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 a political campaign sign was stolen from the front yard in the 400 block of Donofrio Drive, according to a police report. The sign was given free of charge, however, the homeowner had made a $5 donation at the time of receiving it.
Downingtown police said Jon Becker, 54, of Downingtown, was an employee of Dick’s Sporting Goods at 1026 East Lancaster Avenue in East Caln prior to turning himself in to police for retail theft on Oct. 21. Police said Becker allegedly periodically took items from Dick’s without paying for them. According to the police report, items taken include: a Moultrie trail camera ($200), five boxes of various ammunition ($245), an Ugly Stick fishing rod ($20). All items total $464. Becker was terminated, issued a trespass notice from Dick’s and is charged with retail theft, according to police.
Downingtown police received a theft report at 10:35 a.m. on Oct. 7 that items were taken from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of West Lancaster Avenue. The vehicle owner reported that four tools and a prescription medication bottle were taken from his vehicle sometime during the previous night. The tools include a Circular Saw valued at $170, Jigsaw at $260, Air Nailer Kit at $250 and Cordless Drill at $129. It was found that the vehicle‘s passenger side window had been left open, police said, making access easier.
Downingtown police said Brandon Eric Thomas, 25 of Downingtown, was charged on Oct. 14 with theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud. Thomas allegedly stole a family member’s credit card and used it multiple times between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28 at CVS at 751 West Lancaster Avenue to obtain pre-paid cards.
Downingtown police said Jeffrey C. Tobelmann, 29, of Coatesville, allegedly walked out of Home Depot at 965 East Lancaster Avenue with items he had not paid for at 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 8. When approached by an Asset Protection Specialist, Tobelmann reportedly admitted to stealing the items, according to the police report. Items stolen include one Milwaukee Hole Hawg at $299; two Husky 3/8 inch Impact Wrenches at $120. The total is $419. Police said Tobelmann is charged with retail theft.
Criminal mischief to a vehicle
A business owner in East Caln reported that sometime between 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m. a vehicle had its front passenger side window broken out with a thrown rock. The rock was discovered inside the vehicle. The window is
valued at $250.
said Jessica J. Distefano, 32, of Downingtown, is charged with drug violations following officers having been called to East Caln for an ongoing domestic at 7 p.m. on Oct13. While in the residence, officers said they observed two bags of a substance
believed to be marijuana. When asked who it belonged to, both occupants stated it reportedly belonged to Distefano, according to police.
Downingtown police said Akilaj Sabah Jones, 22, of West Chester, was
stopped in the 300 block of West Lancaster Avenue at 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 9 because her vehicle had a light out. Upon speaking with Jones, the officer said they detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. When questioned about the odor, Jones reportedly admitted she had marijuana and showed it to the officer, according to the police report. Jones is being charged with drug violations.
Downingtown police said Timothy Lee Jacobs, Senior, 44, of Downingtown, was involved in an accident at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the intersection of Railroad Alley and Viaduct Avenue. Officers found that Jacobs had outstanding bench warrants and took him into custody to turn him over to the constables, according to the police report.