Police Blotter for the week of Jan. 8
By J. Chambless
Sometime between Dec. 22 and 29, a home at 17 Laetitia Lane in Landenberg was broken into through a secured back door. According to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale, burglers used a metal rod to break open a safe in an office area, taking about $200 in cash. The burglars then removed about $80 in cash from a walk-in closet before fleeing. The investigation is continuing.
On Jan. 2 at 2:13 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale officers saw a car driven by Joseph Christopher Matuszewski, 47, of Drexel Hill, run a red light at routes 1 and 52 in Kennett Township. He failed to stop for pursuing troopers for about 13 miles southbound on Route 1. Police deployed spike strips to stop the car. Matuszewski was then arrested and charged with fleeing a police officer.
On Dec. 19 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., a package containing Louis Vuitton boots valued at $1,395 was stolen from in front of a home in the 700 block of Meredith Street in Kennett Square, according to Kennett Square Police.
On Dec. 22, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale stopped a vehicle for traffic violations and found that a passenger in the car had marijuana and heroin paraphernalia. He provided a false name when arrested, and was later identified as Jose DeJesus Castaneda-Huerta, 22, of West Grove. He was found to have an active warrant for his arrest. He was taken to Chester County Prison.
On Dec. 29, Kennett Square Police received a report that between Dec. 27 and 29, someone tried to light leaves on fire and scorched the bricks on a building in the 400 block of Center Street.
On Dec. 28, Kennett Square Police arrested Richard Grubb, 35, of Kennett Square, for simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred in the 300 block of Walnut Court Way. He posted bail and was released at his residence.
SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART
The Walmart store in East Marlborough Township was the site of two incidents of retail theft reported by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. On Nov. 22 at 3:52 p.m., a man stole various items totaling $500 and fled in a gray hatchback. On Nov. 22 at 5:15 p.m., a man took items totaling $595.12 and fled in a black Ford F150 with wood panels on the back, Delaware registration C68604. On Nov. 18 at 8:48 a.m., a man and two women took items totaling $187.77 from the store and fled in a dark colored minivan. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.