Join me for a few minutes as we review (mostly) all that was in crime on Friday.
Cops had their hands full in East Frankford, where a 23-year-old man was shot several times on Granite Street near Frankford Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. and then decided to try and carjack an 80-year-old man. The carjacking attempt was short-lived. Police said the elderly driver got tangled in a seat belt and was dragged for about a block, until the gunshot victim crashed into another car. The gunshot victim, whose name was not released, was listed in critical condition at Frankford-Torresdale Hospital. The elderly driver was taken to Temple University Hospital, but his condition was not known.
An hour earlier, Schuylkill Township police arrested a New York man who stole a cash-filled jar from a Phoenixville gas station. A tip led investigators to Pedro Martinez, 29, who was hiding out in a Phoenixville apartment. Police said
Martinez stole a jar that contained about $50 on Jan. 4 from Rimbaugh’s Exxon gas station on Route 23 near White Horse Road.
Martinez was charged with theft and related offenses. The money was intended for Rides for Kids, which raises funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The jar was left in the station by Daily News photographer Steve Falk, who raises money the charity every year. “I’m elated they caught this guy,” Falk said. “Anyone who steals from sick children belongs in jail.”
And then, of course, a “big time” cockfighting ring was busted in Feltonville.
Philadelphia police and Pennsylvania SPCA workers raided a home on Louden Street near 2nd shortly before 10 p.m. and found at least 50 roosters and plenty of cash, said PSPCA investigator George Bengal. Between 13 and 18 people were arrested in the raid, which was prompted by a neighborhood tip,