Employees of the Levittown Quick Cash Trading Post and Morrisville Loan & Pawn allegedly purchased more than 5,000 stolen items at one third-of their retail value from professional thieves who shoplifted them from well-known retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, CVS and Giant Foods at stores across southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
"I'm saying to this girl, 'I would always help you be safe no matter what,' but what I'm really thinking is, 'If someone came in with an automatic weapon and started shooting, what could I do for her?" one Philadelphia teacher said.
"The mayor is willing to put his position on the line and be held fully accountable for the future of our schools," said Jim Engler, deputy mayor for policy and legislation. "Why anyone would want to strip that from him, I have no idea."
Kristen Graham covers the Philadelphia School District. A native Philadelphian – and a product of the school system and Temple University – she has written about everything from crime and county government to education since joining the Inquirer in 2000.
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