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POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 9:28 AM

Was your bicycle stolen?

You can see if it's in the bevy of bikes police will display today at the Major Crimes Unit's office, in an effort to return them to their rightful owners.

Police found about 75 bikes on March 23 from the basement of a home on Lehigh Avenue near 22nd, when officers raided a residence believed to be involved in illegal dogfighting. Besides the bikes, cops found 11 pit bulls, a puppy and dogfighting paraphernalia such as a treadmill for training dogs, injectable drugs and a computer. They made at least one arrest.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 9:58 PM

As an off-duty police officer approached three men who were carrying a 17-year-old shooting victim in Olney, they dropped the teen to the ground - then ran into a nearby house, police said.

So much for brotherly love.

The off-duty officer called to report gunshots in the area of 2nd Street near Linton around 8:45 p.m. and eventually found the victim along with three other men, police said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 9:49 PM

A 33-year-old man was clinging to life Tuesday night after he was shot three times on a Frankford street, police said.

The victim’s glasses, keys and a small pool of blood marked the spot on Pear Street near Mulberry, where a gunman opened fire on him shortly after 8 o’clock, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Police found two casings from a 9mm handgun and one bullet at the scene.

Small said the man was shot in his mouth, chest and buttocks, and his brother drove him to Aria Health’s Frankford hospital, where he was in critical condition. He was later transferred to Aria Health’s Torresdale hospital, but officials are unsure if he’ll survive.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:43 PM

The suspect in a Tuesday morning theft near Jefferson University Hospital has balls made of Titanium.

Six to 10 boxes of medical supplies — possibly Titanium joint replacements — were stolen out of a delivery truck that was parked outside Jefferson University Hospital Tuesday morning, police said.

The heist unfolded on 11th Street near Sansom in Center City around 8:45 am., police said, and the products are worth between $300,000 and $1.3 million.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 9:16 AM

Four big-city mayors, including Philly's Mayor Michael Nutter, will roadtrip to Harrisburg this morning to trumpet their objections to a bill lawmakers are considering that would allow gun-rights activists to sue cities that require citizens to report when their firearms get lost or stolen.

House Bill 1523, as we first wrote about here, would allow any gun owner challenging the local ordinances to collect attorneys' fees and damages from the city that passed the ordinance. Further, an amendment added to the bill earlier this year would enable the National Rifle Association or similar groups to challenge the ordinances, at the local municipalities' expense, regardless of whether an individual gun owner contests a specific citation.

Although state lawmakers in 2008 rejected a proposal that would require the timely reporting of lost or stolen handguns statewide, 48 municipalities, including Philly, went ahead and passed local laws requiring such reporting or officially urged the state to do so.

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POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:57 PM

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in his back, left shoulder and leg in West Philadelphia Monday night.

Shots rang out on Cecil Street near Walnut about 10:05 p.m., police said.

The victim was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and was listed in critical condition as of 10:45 p.m.

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POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:34 PM

A 20-year-old man from Lansdowne was visiting friends in South Philadelphia when a stray bullet flew through a window and wounded him in the right side of his torso, police said.

Around 9:15 p.m., the man was standing in the kitchen of his friend’s house on Wolf Street near 13th when the bullet zoomed through the kitchen window, police said.

The man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was listed in stable condition as of 10 p.m.

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POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:16 PM

A dark gray Toyota Corolla sat on a small Tacony street Monday night, circled by shards of blue glass from its shot-out driver’s window. The debris marked the scene where a cop shot and critically wounded a suspect who police say struck two police vehicles while attempting to flee them.

Police said undercover narcotics officers were involved in an investigation on Edmund Street near Levick and attempted to stop the Corolla, driven by a 26-year-old man, shortly after 6 p.m. Police said the suspect then attempted to flee by backing into a police vehicle before accelerating toward another police vehicle in front of it and striking that car, prompting a plainclothes officer to open fire, shooting once through the driver’s window and hitting the suspect in the left side of his torso.

The suspect was taken to Aria Health’s Torresdale hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The officer who discharged his weapon was taken to the Internal Affairs Division, police said, as is protocol with police-involved shootings. This incident marked the fourth time since Thursday morning that police discharged their weapons at a suspect.

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