Police Blotter for the week of Nov. 21
● By J. Chambless
A 33-year-old Pocopson Township man was the victim of identity theft last month involving the fraudulent purchase of an Audi in his name. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that someone bought a $62,000 Audi S5 from a car dealership in Florida in November using the victim's name. A false insurance policy was also taken out in the victim's name. The victim learned of the scam when he got letters in the mail containing denial letters for various loans he did not apply for, as well as copies of signed paperwork for the purchase of the car. The investigation is ongoing.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that overnight on Sept. 3, Bryan John Pina, 31, of Penn Township, used a spare key to steal a car belonging to a 28-year-old Penn Township woman, which was parked in front of her residence. The vehicle was later found in Philadelphia, and police determined that items in the trunk had also been stolen. They included a trumpet in a Bach case and a pair of Vera Bradley glasses. These items had been previously stolen from other cars, police said. Pina has been charged with theft.
BURGLARY AND ETHNIC INTIMIDATION
Overnight on Nov. 4, a home in New London Britain Township was broken into and extensive damage was done to the home, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Police have one suspect, a 23-year-old man from New London Britain Township, but are seeking others. The damage included multiple smashed windows, axe marks and holes punched through walls, and spray-painted racial slurs and symbols on the walls. Several items, mostly construction tools, were stolen before the suspects fled. The investigation is ongoing.
On Oct. 15 at 3:12 a.m., New Garden Township Police saw a car being driven erratically with an equipment violation in the 9100 block of Gap Newport Pike. After a traffic stop, the driver, Marques Thompson, 23, of New Castle, Del., was charged with DUI and later released pending a court appearance.
Andrew Vincent Jeffries, 37, of Coatesville, was arrested for DUI after a crash on Oct. 14. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that Jeffries was driving on Strasburg Road in West Bradford Township just after midnight when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer and drove off the road, side-swiping a telephone pole. He showed signs of impairment at the scene and was arrested for DUI.
Frederick Drake Rife, 42, of Coatesville, was found by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Oct. 2 at 3 a.m., passed out behind the wheel of a pickup truck that was blocking the left lane of the Route 30 bypass in West Whiteland Township. He was arrested for DUI.
On Oct. 20, New Garden Township Police stopped a car being driven erratically and found that the driver, Rigo Gutierres-Galvez, 28, of Kennett Square, was DUI. He was processed and released pending a court appearance.
On Oct. 22, New Garden Township Police stopped a car being driven erratically in the 800 block of West Cypress Street. The driver, Jaime Obregon, 59, of Kennett Square, showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. A breath test was conducted at the police station and he was released pending a court appearance.
On Oct. 13 at 9:19 p.m., Kevin Paul Arrell, 28, of West Grove, was found unconscious inside his vehicle at Old Schoolhouse Road and Chesterville Road in Franklin Township. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale was charged with DUI-drug and possession of a controlled substance.
On Oct. 21 at 1:23 a.m., Lisa Marie Cave, 47, of Kennett Square, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Route 1 at the Route 82 intersection and arrested for DUI.
On Oct. 17 at 9:07 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale discovered that Joseph Allen Steltz, 70, of Nottingham, was DUI at routes 1 and 272 in East Nottingham Township. Steltz then drove 1.7 miles to his home, despite being followed by a marked vehicle with its emergency lights operating.
On Nov. 3 at 2:21 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale conducted a traffic stop in Upper Oxford Township for code violations and found that the driver, Ali K. Wimer, 31, of Christiana, Pa., was DUI and possessed controlled substances.
On Nov. 14 at 3:45 a.m., Victor Alexander Sanchez, 18, of Oxford, was arrested for DUI after he drove to the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale station under the influence of a controlled substance.
On Nov. 9 at 4:34 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a complaint about an erratic driver and arrested Donald Brooke Whann, 61, of New London. He was charged with DUI.
On Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Jesse Lyn Greenwalt, 25, of West Grove, rear-ended another vehicle at a red light at East Baltimore Pike and McFarlan Road in Kennett Township. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale found that Greenwalt was driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and arrested her for DUI.
On Nov. 9 at 8:40 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale pulled over a car driven by Robert Francis Wilson, 70, of Lincoln University, for a traffic violation on Route 1. He was found to be DUI and failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI.