Police Blotter for the week of March 23
● By J. Chambless
ARREST IN DEBIT CARD THEFT
An arrest has been made in connection with the illegal use of a stolen debit card number, according to Kennett Square Police. On July 28, 2014, a Kennett Square resident told police that charges for more than $380 had been made on their debit card in two locations in Pennsylvania. The resident said they still had the card in their possession. On March 9, 2015, Kennett Square Police filed charges against Shivon Sessoms, 32, of Newark, N.J., for two counts of access device fraud, two counts of identity theft, two counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and two counts of receiving stolen property for the fraudulent use of the debit card number.
SUSPECT FLEES POLICE
On March 9, New Garden Township Police responded to the 1200 block of Newark Road for a report of a possible stolen vehicle. The car's owner said he had loaned his car to Earl Fountain, 58, of Toughkenamon, but that Fountain had not returned it on time. Police discovered that Fountain did not have a valid license and there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As police were at the scene, Fountain drove up in the car. During a pat-down by police, Fountain fled, and police were not able to locate him. On March 11, police found Fountain at his workplace, where he was taken into custody. He was arraigned and remanded to Chester County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.
GRAFFITI ON SHOPS
The London Britain Shops, at 1551 New London Road in London Britain Township, were vandalized with graffiti sometime on March 6, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
ARREST IN CHECK FRAUD
Kennett Square Police have arrested Maria Rios, 43, of Lynn, Mass., formerly of Kennett Square, for forgery, identity theft and other charges. Police reported that on Jan. 18, a business in the 600 block of South Union Street informed them that a check for $675 issued by a company in Florida had been mistakenly mailed to the wrong address in the 100 block of South Willow Street in Kennett Square. Police say that Rios endorsed the check and cashed it at the business on March 31 of 2014. Police say Rios is facing charges of forgery, access device fraud, identity theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
TOOLS STOLEN IN BURGLARY
A barn structure at 2530 Edenton Road in Upper Oxford Township was broken into on March 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and several power tools were stolen, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
Kennett Square Police said that a blue Dodge Durango with Pennsylvania registration JRT6095 was left running and unlocked in the 300 block of Juniper Street between 7:35 and 8:06 p.m. on March 15, and was stolen. The investigation is continuing.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Robert Carl Rawls, of New Brunswick, N.J., after he was stopped after failing to use a turn signal at the intersection of Newark Road and Church Road in New London Township on March 15 at midnight. He was stopped and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Further investigation is pending.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Brandon Tyler Hammond, of Nottingham, after a traffic stop on March 17 at 2:16 a.m. on Lauren Lane, north of Route 472. An investigation of the vehicle led to charges of DUI and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia against the operator and the owner of the vehicle. Charges in the case are pending.
Kennett Square Police arrested Eduardo Vazquez-Cruz, 22, of Kennett Square, for DUI after police found him asleep, slouched over the steering wheel of his vehicle, which was still running, on March 13 at 12:29 a.m. in the 100 block of North Willow Street. He was released at his home pending a summons from District Court.
Kennett Square Police arrested Leonel Renteria, 44, of Oxford, for DUI after a traffic stop on March 7 at 6:49 p.m. in the 300 block of North Union Street. He was released pending a summons from District Cout.