Theft at Lansdale station leads to arrest


This just in from Lansdale Police Sgt. Alex Kromdyk:

A theft at the Lansdale Train Station over the weekend led to an arrest, police said today.

A Kissimmee, Fla., woman reported Saturday that someone stole a wallet containing $500 and some foreign coins from her purse which she left on the snack bar table, when she went to use the train-station restroom.

As the woman waited for the train, she noticed a man holding a silver container that she knew was hers. A check of her pocketbook showed that her wallet and all her money was missing.

The woman gave police a description of the man, who was found by officers a short distance from the station. He had in his possession her money, wallet and the foreign coins, as well as a crack pipe.

The man was identified by police as Joseph D. Robb, 53, who is homeless. Robb was charged with receiving stolen property, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct.

Robb was ordered held at the Montgomery County prison when he could not post 10 percent of $5,000 bail during a hearing before District Judge Deborah Lukens. A preliminary hearing is set for August 23.