Man finds gun that was stolen 13 years ago and buried

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PHOENIXVILLE >> A 25-yearold Phoenixville man told po­lice that he was us­ing his metal de­tec­tor on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the woods be­hind Reser­voir Park and found a hand­gun buried in the dirt. When po­lice of­fi­cers ran the gun’s se­rial num­ber, they learned that the Beretta pis­tol was re­ported stolen 13 years ago from a home on Em­mett Street.

Phoenixville Po­lice Lieu­tenant Brian Mar­shall said that the gun was not used in the com­mis­sion of a crime. Mar­shall also said that be­cause the gun was buried in the ground for so many years, the weapon was ex­tremely rusted so po­lice are un­able to re­trieve fin­ger­prints from the weapon. The Phoenixville Po­lice Depart­ment is at­tempt­ing to no­tify the gun’s owner, who has moved from the ad­dress from where the weapon was stolen.

Po­lice re­ports from across the re­gion:


DUI check­point

On Fri­day, Sept. 21, the West Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment, in con­junc­tion with the Ch­ester County Im­paired Driv­ing Pro­gram, con­ducted a so­bri­ety check­point in the 1000 block of West Ch­ester Pike. The check­point was held be­tween 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. dur­ing which time 778 ve­hi­cles were con­tacted. Based upon these brief con­tacts, nine op­er­a­tors were field-tested and three ar­rests were made. In ad­di­tion, six were cited for var­i­ous traf­fic of­fenses. All ve­hi­cles were towed. Ar­rested for DUI were An­drew Howe, 19, of West Ch­ester, Wil­liam Smith, 34, of West Ch­ester, and La­mont Wil­son, 37, of Coatesville.


Bad checks

Parkes­burg Po­lice have charged Ed­mond M. Mil­lon, 50, of Way­mart, with bad checks. Mil­lon is ac­cused of pass­ing a bad check at a busi­ness lo­cated in High­land Town­ship on June 28.

Theft by de­cep­tion

Parkes­burg Po­lice have charged Kath­leen J. Salz­man, 48, of Parkes­burg, with theft by de­cep­tion and re­tail theft af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into in­ci­dent that oc­curred at the Fam­ily Dol­lar store on West First Av­enue be­tween Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.

Truck rodeo

On Sept. 22, the Parkes­burg Po­lice Depart­ment, in part­ner­ship with the Ch­ester County Re­gional SWAT Team, set up a static dis­play of law en­force­ment equip­ment and spoke with em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual A. Duie Pyle Truck Rodeo, in Parkes­burg. This was a first for A. Duie Pyle, in Parkes­burg. The event was for­mally held at their West Ch­ester fa­cil­ity. Of­fi­cers were in­vited and on hand as part of the over­all truck rodeo and fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence for Pyle’s em­ploy­ees. Po­lice get LiveS­can

The Parkes­burg Po­lice have se­cured grant fund­ing for the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of a “LiveS­can” fin­ger­print pro­cess­ing sys­tem, from DataWorks Plus. This new equip­ment will al­low the fin­ger­print­ing and pro­cess­ing of ar­rested per­sons to be com­pleted at the Parkes­burg Po­lice Com­plex, ver­sus the need to trans­port in­di­vid­u­als to Coatesville, for pro­cess­ing. This new sys­tem will save the agency time and keep pa­trol re­sources in Parkes­burg.


Re­tail theft

Mary Leitch, 52, of Honey Brook, was charged with re­tail theft. The charge was filed af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­leged theft of $19 in mer­chan­dise from the Plato’s Closet store on Aug. 5.

Re­tail theft

Julius An­der­son, 38, of Ch­ester Springs, was charged with re­tail theft on Sept. 15. The charge was filed af­ter of­fi­cers re­sponded to the Gi­ant store for an al­leged $32 theft. An­der­son was is­sued a non-traf­fic ci­ta­tion and re­leased.


Marimuthu Natara­jan, 31, of West Ch­ester, was charged with DUI on Sept. 15. The charge was filed af­ter an of­fi­cer re­sponded to the park­ing lot of World of Beer for a re­port of an er­ratic driver. The of­fi­cer made con­tact with Natara­jan who was the al­leged driver of the ve­hi­cle. Natara­jan was ar­rested af­ter fail­ing field so­bri­ety tests. DUI

Dar­shan Hilton, 25, of Mo­dena, was charged with DUI on Sept. 16. The charge was filed af­ter of­fi­cers re­sponded to Round One for a dis­tur­bance. An of­fi­cer made con­tact with Hilton who had al­legedly been driv­ing around the park­ing lot dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Hilton was ar­rested af­ter al­legedly fail­ing field so­bri­ety tests.

Re­tail theft

Jes­sica Arnold, 35, of Wilm­ing­ton, was charged with re­tail theft and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty on Sept. 17. The charge was filed af­ter of­fi­cers re­sponded to the Kohl’s store for an al­leged $130 theft. Arnold was ar­raigned by Judge Gre­gory Hines and re­manded to Ch­ester County Prison af­ter fail­ing to post 10 per­cent of her $5,000 bail. It was later de­ter­mined that Arnold was al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for a $210 theft at the Kohl’s store on April 12. Ad­di­tional charges of re­tail theft and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty were filed against her.



On Sept. 24 at 6:52 p.m., po­lice of­fi­cers were on sta­tion­ary pa­trol in the 700 block of East Lin­coln High­way, Coatesville. It was at this time that a mu­tual com­bat al­ter­ca­tion took place be­tween Jonat Sanchez-Her­nan­dez and Joaquin Soto-Quinones. Po­lice ac­tion was taken to break up the al­ter­ca­tion. Sanchez Her­nan­dez and Soto-Quinones were both cited with sum­mary ha­rass­ment.

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