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Police Blotter for the week of Sept. 7

09/08/2015 11:04AM ● By J. Chambless


Beginning on Aug. 3, police responded to four incidents of theft and vandalism at the Kennett Middle School, at 195 Sunnydell Rd., Landenberg. Several school buses had been entered after hours and had their seat covers damaged or stolen.

On Aug. 20 at 3:33 a.m., an officer on routine patrol saw a car parked next to the buses and saw Matthew Schnelle, 22, of West Grove, walking between the buses. The officer saw several bus seat covers inside Schnelle's vehicle. Tools used to enter the buses were also found. Schnelle was arrested and confessed to some of the incidents. He was turned over to Pennsylvania State Police to be interviewed about similar crimes.

Schnelle was charged with 13 counts of theft, 14 counts of receiving stolen property, four counts of institutional vandalism, four counts of criminal trespass, and one count of possessing an instrument of crime.


A home at 3 Glen Oak Drive in Landenberg was burglarized sometime between Aug. 28 and Sept. 2, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Jewelry, watches and cash were stolen.


Unlocked cars parked in driveways at 419 and 415 Bethel Road in Lower Oxford Township were entered overnight on Aug. 31, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Some loose change, a wallet and a handbag were taken from one car. The wallet and bag were later found discarded along Bethel Road. The second victim said papers had been scattered on the floor of her vehicle, but nothing was taken. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.


On Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale stopped a car for speeding on Route 1 and found that the driver, Ryan Raul Thompson Mahala of Oxford, was DUI. He was arrested for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sept. 2 at 9:16 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale stopped a car for an equipment violation on Route 1 and arrested the driver, Kelly Gramm Marsh of Smithfield, N.C., for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. Lab results are pending.

On Aug. 27 at 11:36 p.m., New Garden Township Police saw a vehicle traveling north on Gap Newport Pike without rear lights. The vehicle also swerved over the center double yellow line several times. After a traffic stop, the driver, Jose Rojas-Lopez, 31, of Oxford, was taken into custody for DUI and released pending a court appearance.