Police Blotter for the week of Oct. 16
● By J. Chambless
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY AND BURGLARY
On Sept. 26 at about 3 p.m., Southern Chester County Regional Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Newark Road in Toughkenamon for a report of a suspicious person. The elderly female homeowner stated that a younger white male, described as being 5-foot-8, weighing 140 pounds, and missing his front teeth, arrived in a white truck and knocked on her door. He was granted access to the basement under the guise that he was there to address issues with the power lines. He then asked the homeowner for $50. When she declined, he made a phone call and fled the residence.
On Sept. 26 just after 3 p.m., a man fitting the same description, with a white pickup truck, stopped at a home on Friends Meetinghouse Road in Highland Township and began talking to the elderly homeowners about electric poles that he said were going to be installed along the road. As he distracted them for approximately half an hour, someone else entered their home and stole a large amount of jewelry. Anyone with information about similar incidents is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police Avondale at 610-268-2022.
MARIJUANA PLANTS FOUND
On Sept. 25, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale were dispatched to find marijuana plants growing in a cornfield in the 3000 block of Newark Road in Lower Oxford Township. Twenty plants were eradicated.
Maaen Aboafch, 37, of Kennett Square, was charged with indecent assault and harassment by Southern Chester County Regional Police on Oct. 11 following an incident that occurred on Sept. 6 at New Garden Family Dentistry in New Garden Township. Aboafch, who practices under the name of Michael Afash, DMD, is accused of having indecent contact with a 21-year-old woman during a job interview/dental examination. Charges were filed and Aboafch will be issued a summons.
MAN DIES IN CRASH
Paul Norbert Milkowski, 25, of Malvern, died in a one-vehicle crash on Oct. 8 at 9:08 p.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. He was traveling on Route 1, south of Jennersville Road, when his car left the road and hit a guard rail. He was killed in the collision, according to police, who were assisted on the scene by West Grove Fire and EMS.
Raymond Marrero, 43, of Kennett Square, was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property by the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department on Sept. 27. Police were called to the Giant Food Store at 350 Scarlett Road in New Garden Township for the report of a theft. Store personnel reported that $391 in grocery items were taken by a former employee, Marrero. He was confronted in the parking lot by store personnel and relinquished the items. Police later located Marrero at his residence and charged him.
SHOPLIFTING AND STOLEN CAR
On Sept. 21, a woman took a television and other items from the Walmart store in East Marlborough Township without paying. She was stopped by store employees before escaping with a man in a white Chevrolet Impala, with Pennsylvania license plate KBD5074, that was reported stolen in Chester and later recovered on Sept. 22. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police Avondale at 610-268-2022.
GUNS AND TOOLS STOLEN
Overnight on Oct. 10, a barn at 3201 Appleton Road in Franklin Township was burglarized, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Stolen was a .22 caliber rifle/shotgun combination, a .20 gauge Mossberg shotgun, a Dewalt impact driver, a Dewalt drill, a 20-volt battery, drill bits and nine rounds of shotgun ammunition. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
TURKEY HILL ROBBED
The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred on Oct. 3 at 9:29 p.m. at the Turkey Hill store located at 735 Newark Road in New Garden Township. Store employees reported that the suspect, believed to be a female, 5-feet-5 with a stocky build and raspy voice, and wearing a black ski mask, grey hoodie and black pants, entered the store and demanded money. The suspect reportedly implied that she had a gun, but no gun was displayed. The suspect fled the store with an undetermined amount of money.
More than $20,000 in uncashed checks were stolen from an 85-year-old Avondale resident, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The checks were taken sometime between Aug. 28 and Sept. 19. The investigation is ongoing.
A 92-year-old Penn Township man was the victim of an online pop-up ad scam that persuaded him to get I-Tunes gift cards and send the card information to the scammers over the phone. He was defrauded of $800, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
Richard Sydenstricker, 65, of Toughkenamon, was arrested on Sept. 19 by Southern Chester County Regional Police and charged with simple assault and harassment. Police were called to the 1500 block of Baltimore Pike in New Garden Township for a report of a fight. A man and woman at the residence reported that they were both punched by Sydenstricker during an argument. Police saw recent physical injuries supporting the their statements, and Sydenstricker was taken into custody without incident.
COPPER PIPES STOLEN
A foreclosed home at 105 Stricklersville Road in London Britain Township was burglarized between Dec. 26 and Sept. 23, and more than $5,000 worth of copper piping was stripped from the home, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
Two unlocked homes on Barnsley Road in East Nottingham Township were entered on July 16 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and about $100 in cash was stolen, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
CHARGES AFTER FIGHT
David P. Medley, 41, of West Grove, was arrested by the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department and charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, and related summary offenses, following a domestic disturbance. The incident occurred on Sept. 10 in the 200 block of Walnut Street in West Grove Borough. Police were called to the scene for a report of a fight between two males after a verbal argument turned physical.
On Oct. 11, a 69-year-old Oxford man was tricked by a phone caller into buying $3,600 worth of gift cards and giving the numbers to the caller, who identified himself as someone working with the government to fix his computer, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
TWO CHARGED IN
AIR RIFLE SHOOTING
Joshua P. Keen, 19; and John Snyder, 18, both of Kennett Square, were arrested by the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department and charged with recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, sale and use of air rifles, criminal conspiracy, and disorderly conduct in connection with the firing of a BB gun through the window of an occupied home. The incident occurred on Sept. 11 in the 100 block of New Garden Road in New Garden Township. The residents contacted police after a BB gun was fired through the large window that they were sitting approximately six feet from.
WITH MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to Oxford High School on Sept. 26 for a report of a juvenile student possessing marijuana on school grounds. Charges were filed.
A 52-year-old Franklin Township woman told Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Sept. 30 that a dog belonging to two people at 124 Thompson Circle in Franklin Township left the yard and bit her on the ankle. Police are investigating.
DRUG CHARGES FILED
David L. Holmes III, 33, of Downingtown, was arrested by Southern Chester County Regional Police on Sept. 21 after the Mazda sedan he was operating was stopped for an equipment violation in the 1200 block of Newark Road in New Garden Township. Upon approaching the vehicle, police detected the odor of raw marijuana, and a subsequent search produced approximately 2.3 grams of marijuana in the car.
BOAT LEFT ON ROAD
On Oct. 5, just after 2 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale found a dilapidated boat left on Strickersville Road near Peter Christopher Drive in Franklin Township. There was no number on the boat to identify its owner. No witnesses were found.
HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION
A home under construction at 200 Broad Street in Lower Oxford Township was broken into and vandalized sometime between Sept. 23 and 30, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The investigation is continuing.
On Oct. 3, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale investigated a vacant home at 2272 Hopewell Road that had a vehicle parked in the driveway and the basement lights on. Police found three trespassers – a 20-year-old man from Cecil County, a 19-year-old- woman from Nottingham, and an 18-year-old woman from Cecil County. They were charged with criminal trespass.
TIP JAR STOLEN
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale have charged Patrick Alfred Walton, 62, of West Grove, with stealing a tip jar containing $20 from Jake's Wayback Burgers on Gap Newport Pike on Sept. 5.
On Oct. 3, two people entered the unlocked back door of a home at 10 Hidden Springs Lane in London Britain Township. One of them tried to restrain the homeowner, who was able to escape and call 911.