● Published by J. Chambless
TAX REFUND IDENTITY THEFTS
Regional police departments have reported at least nine cases of identity theft in which residents discovered that their Social Security numbers have been used to file fraudulent tax returns. The thief then pockets the refund check. The scams, which are clustered around the April 14 tax deadline, affected residents of West Chester, Landenberg, Oxford, Chadds Ford and Kennett Square. Police have announced that several cases have been resolved with the IRS and the investigations are closed because of “lack of solvability.”
ASSAULT OVER $20
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Rebecca Eleanor Phou, 23, of Nottingham, on April 20 after she stabbed a 32-year-old Nottingham woman in the right leg after an argument over $20. She was charged with aggravated assault.
A 1995 Ford Super Club Wagon was stolen from Needham Mushroom Farms in London Grove Township between April 11 and 13, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The vehicle is part of the business fleet and has a small no. 17 sticker below the driver's side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
A 15-year-old girl from Lincoln University and a 12-year-old girl from Oxford were reported missing after they ran away from a youth group meeting on March 26 on Saginaw Road in New London Township. They were found on March 28 in New Jersey and returned to their homes, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
THEFT FROM CAR
Someone broke into a car parked at the Shoppes at Longwood Village in East Marlborough Township on April 8 at 9 p.m. and stole approximately $6,100 worth of items, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
Four truck windshields were broken by vandals overnight on April 19 while they were parked at McGeary Grain, Inc., at 66 Baltimore Pike in Avondale, according to Pennsylvnia State Police Avondale.
THEFTS AT YARD SALE
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that two Coatesville women, ages 21 and 41, had their wallets and purses stolen while they were bartering with vendors at a yard sale on April 25 at 702 Baltimore Pike in Pennsbury Township. The thieves fled.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Andrew Joseph Nunes, 29, of Silverside, Del., for DUI after a traffic stop at London Tract Road and Good Hope Road on March 27. He was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Falyn Michelle Rasmussen, of Wilmington, Del., for DUI after a traffic stop on Route 1 at Pennsbury Way on April 24 at 3:09 a.m.
Dean Gary Bivens, 38, of West Grove, was arrested for DUI by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on April 14 on Route 1 at Newark Road.
William Watson III, 40, of Landenberg, was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on April 12 at 901 E. Baltimore Pike.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale stopped a car being driven by Leticia Perez Rodriguez, 49, of West Grove, for a traffic offense on April 7 and found that she was DUI and that her 10-month-old child was not buckled in his seat.
Robert Steven Mejia, Jr., 23, of West Grove, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale for a traffic offense on April 16 and was found to be DUI.
Gregory Scott Doss, 34, of West Grove, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale for a traffic offense on April 22 and was found to be under the influence of a narcotic.