Archive: December, 2011
A surveillance camera recorded a man robbing a TD Bank branch in Northeast Philadelphia Monday afternoon and police are hoping that help from the public helps lead them to making an arrest.
At 4:44 p.m. Monday, the man walked into the bank on Grant Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard and gave a teller a threatening demand note.
Police said the man took an undisclosed amount of money and ran west from the bank through the parking lot.
The PSPCA rescued 26 dogs from a home on 8th Street near Loudon in Olney Thursday, and said the animals were likely part of an illegal breeding operation.
Officers worked from Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning removing 18 dogs and eight puppies from the house, said Wendy Marano, a PSPCA spokeswoman.
James Hines, 48, and Denekei Lawson, 39, are likely to be arrested on animal cruelty charges, Marano said. Both have been arrested on animal cruelty charges before, according to court documents.
Police said Richard Lawrence, 28, nearly got away with stealing a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro at gunpoint last Tuesday — except he couldn’t drive a stick shift, and ended up running away instead.
Lawrence, of Hazel Street near 50th in West Philadelphia, was arrested on carjacking and robbery charges, among others, early Friday morning, Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division said.
Around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, a 43-year-old man was checking damage to the car’s front bumper on Pine Street near 48th in West Philadelphia, and left the keys inside the car.
Officer Ray Heim, a 12-year-veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, is still recovering from head and leg injuries at Albert Einstein Medical Center after a car accident in Logan Wednesday that left him critically injured, police said.
Heim, 40, who is assigned to the 39th District, was hospitalized along with two other undercover officers when the unmarked car they were riding in was hit by a black Pontiac Grand Prix on 18th Street near Windrim about 2:35 p.m.
One of the officers who was less seriously injured had been released as of Thursday night, and the third officer was still hospitalized in stable condition, Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said.
Police are still searching for the mother of a newborn baby girl who was found lying in a cardboard box on Huntingdon Street near Sergeant in North Philadelphia on Wednesday morning.
Church members who were doing community service in the neighborhood found the baby around 10 a.m. near a daycare, police said.
The girl was wrapped in a red and white hounds tooth pattern blanket, a brown women's sweater from Casual Corner, a black bathrobe with pink polka dots and a large peach colored bath towel, police said.
A 21-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot on 20th Street near Windrim Avenue in the Logan section of North Philadelphia Wednesday evening, police said.
The man was shot once in his buttocks and once in his right thigh just before 7 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The victim was taken to the Albert Einstein Medical Center, and was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.
A 35-year-old man was critically wounded after being shot on 46th Street near Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia Wednesday night, police said.
About 8:30 p.m., the unidentified man was shot once in his chest and was rushed to The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said.
Cops did not recover a weapon and no arrests were made.
A store clerk who was robbed in late October came face to face with the bandit again on Dec. 15 during a second armed robbery, police said.
Cops posted a video of the incident in hopes that help from the public will lead to an arrest.
Around 7:10 p.m. on Dec. 15, a man walked into the Golden Sports store on Grays Ferry Avenue near 30th Street demanding cash.