Police Blotter for the week of Feb. 29
● By J. Chambless
On Feb. 23 at 6:15 p.m., New Garden Township Police got a phone call to check on the welfare of a 47-year-old man after he sent an ambiguous text message to the caller and then turned his phone off. The caller said the man had been depressed. Officers Greenwalt and O'Neill went to the man's workplace in the 9000 block of Gap Newport Pike, where witnesses said they had not seen the man since 5 p.m. The officers searched for the man or his car, eventually finding him parked about 50 yards from the building, hidden behind another vehicle. The man was trying to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. The officers got the man out of the car and prevented him from committing suicide. He was taken to Jennersville Regional Hospital and is expected to recover. Police remind the public that the phone number for Chester County Crisis Intervention is 610-280-3270.
THEFTS FROM CARS
Overnight on Feb. 8, an unlocked 2015 Toyota parked in the driveway of a home at 11 Poppy Lane in West Grove was opened and several items were stolen. An unlocked 1997 Toyota at the scene was also entered, but nothing was stolen, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
On Feb. 4 between 5:50 and 7 p.m., a car parked in the lot at the Giant supermarket at 830 E. Baltimore Pike in East Marlborough Township had its window smashed. Some belongings were taken from the car, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
On Feb. 24 between 8:40 and 8:50 a.m., New Garden Police received several complaints about thefts from unlocked vehicles in the parking lot of New Garden Early Care, in the 200 block of New Garden Road. Three vehicles were entered, and wallets were stolen. The thieves targeted financial and personal identification items such as checkbooks, credit and health insurance cards. Detectives are teaming up with regional law enforcement agencies that have experienced similar incidents.
COPPER WIRE STOLEN
About $600 worth of copper wire was stolen from an AT&T cell phone tower site at 253 Mount Olivet Road in East Nottingham Township between Nov. 13 and Feb. 18, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
On Feb. 21, just after midnight, a neighbor noticed two men near the back door of a home at 402 E. Glenview Drive in Penn Township and called police. One man was wearing a light-colored jacket and carrying a jacket. The neighbor shouted and the men fled. No damage was reported, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
IRS PHONE SCAM
An 89-year-old woman in Penn Township was the victim of a phone scam on Feb. 8, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Police said the victim got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS who demanded payment through a MoneyGram, or she would be arrested. The victim sent money, not realizing the call was a scam.
TERRORISTIC THREAT AT SCHOOL
On Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale were called to Avon Grove High School after a 16-year-old female student made threats against another female student, who was 18. She was taken into custody for terroristic threats and harassment.
An Amazon package containing a 101.6-ounce package of Phycox EQ Granules – an equine joint supplement – was stolen off the front porch of a home at 716 Woodward Road in Chadds Ford sometime between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Ard at 610-268-2022.
RESISTING ARREST AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
On Feb. 19 at 11:33 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale pulled over a car being driven by Jorge Cerritos-Villafuerte, 51, of Oxford, at routes 1 and 796 in Penn Township because the car's taillight was dangling from the car. He became combative and was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and three summary traffic offenses.
On Feb. 8 at 10:22 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a home at 323 Ellicott Rd., Avondale, for a report of an assault with a knife. According to police, a 17-year-old boy at the home pulled a knife from under his pillow and thrust it at a 36-year-old man inside the home. No injuries were reported. The teen was arrested and taken to the Chester County Youth Center on Feb. 9 for housing pending his detention hearing.
On Feb. 21 at 1:12 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale took Zeth Allen Houston, 26, of Oxford, into custody for DUI after a traffic stop on Route 1 at Route 796. He was processed and released.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale officers responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Feb. 14 at 2:45 p.m. at 416 Catamount Road in Upper Oxford Township, and found that the 61-year-old driver was intoxicated. The investigation is continuing.