Willow Grove Park site of rash of thefts
Abdoul H. Barry, 29, of McKinley Street, Philadelphia; and Turquoise S. Morrison, 25, of North Sydenham Street, Philadelphia, were charged with forgery, using a stolen credit card, identity theft and related charges Jan. 4 after police responded to a report of fraudulent purchases at the Bloomingdale’s in the Willow Grove Park mall at 4:30 p.m., police said.
Barry and Morrison had been observed in Bloomingdale’s selecting $951.50 worth of merchandise, police said. When they took the items to the sales associate for purchase, Morrison claimed she had a credit card account, but did not have a card with her and gave the associate the name of an account holder she did not have permission to use, police said.
Following the purchases, they left the store and entered the Macy’s in the mall and fraudulently purchased $146.35 worth of merchandise using the same false information, police said.
When Barry and Morrison left the store to return to their vehicle, they were apprehended by police and the merchandise was recovered, police said.
Police conducted a search of Morrison’s belongings and confiscated a counterfeit New York driver’s license from her wallet, po- lice said.
Barry and Morrison were transported to the Abington Police Department for processing, police said.
A few days prior, on Dec. 30, in a separate incident, Juwan M. Riley, 20, of West Ruscomb Street, Philadelphia; and Cedric Patterson, 19, of West East Thelma Street, Philadelphia, were charged with retail theft and possession, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and related charges after police responded to a report that two men had been observed stealing merchandise in the Willow Grove mall Bloomingdale’s and were seen running toward Easton Road at 6:33 p.m., police said.
Police patrolled the area in search of Riley and Patterson and observed them hiding behind a trash can on the 2300 block of Parkview Avenue, police said.
Both ran and Riley, who ran onto a property and jumped into the basement storm window well and smashed the window, was Tasered when he continued to resist authorities after the fall, police said.
Patterson was later apprehended after leading police on a long pursuit, causing an officer to fall and injure his knee and damage township property, police said.
The men were transported to the Abington Police Department and the $2,007 worth of merchandise they had stolen was recovered, police said.