Police Blotter for the week of July 20
● By J. Chambless
KEYS TAKEN FROM AMBULANCE
On July 7 at 1:10 p.m., New Garden Township Police responded to the 300 block of Scarlett Road for the theft of keys from an ambulance. EMT personnel said they had parked and entered a store, leaving the ambulance running due to the heat. When they returned, the keys were missing. A suspect was seen on surveillance video taking the keys and leaving the parking lot. Monroe Garthwaite, 80, of Landenberg, was contacted at his home. He admitted he took the keys because he was “pissed off” that the ambulance was left running. He was charged with theft.
A home at 79 Deer Path in Kennett Square was burglarized sometime between July 2 and 5, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Someone entered through the rear sliding glass door, took jewelry and electronics, and fled.
On July 7 at 10:44 p.m., New Garden Township Police saw a car with an equipment violation swerving over the double yellow lines in the 600 block of Newark Road. After a traffic stop, driver Michael Clark, 21, of Avondale, was seen attempting to hide paraphernalia, and there was an odor of burned marijuana in the car. Clark admitted to having marijuana and police found the drug in the car after a search. Clark was charged with possession of marijuana and released pending an appearance at District Court.
On July 11 at 4:08 a.m., New Garden Township Police saw a vehicle in the 6600 block of Limestone Road with an expired registration and an equipment violation. After a traffic stop, driver Michael Scarpitti, 40, of Newark, Del., showed signs of impairment and admitted to consuming several alcoholic drinks before driving. He was arrested for DUI and released pending an appearance at District Court.
New Garden Township Police saw a vehicle nearly strike cars stopped at the intersection of Gap Newport Pike and Newark Road on July 11 at 11:25 p.m., and stopped the car in the 900 block of Newark Road. Driver Adam Garcia, 41, of Toughkenamon, had an open can of beer in the car. Police did not administer field sobriety tests because Garcia was unable to stand up safely. He was taken into custody for DUI and later released pending an appearance at District Court.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Sally Jo Norris, 58, of Cochranville, for DUI after a traffic stop at routes 10 and 41 on July 5 at 12:21 a.m.