Wil­low Grove Park site of rash of thefts

The Globe - - OPINION - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

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