Police Blotter: Burglaries Attempted in Bala Cynwyd, Penn Valley

The following information has been supplied by the Lower Merion Police Department. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

On Monday afternoon, Lower Merion police reported to news media the following incidents from the past week in the Narberth-Bala Cynwyd area:

  • Retail theft: security observed a woman conceal items in her handbag about 1:40 p.m. April 24, police said.
    The merchandise consisted of three pairs of gold earrings, police said, with a total value of $111.
    Thelma Freeman, 61, of Germantown, MD, was issued a citation for retail theft.
  • Attempted burglary: Someone tried to force open the door of a home on the 1600 block of Hagys Ford Road in Penn Valley sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 25, police said.
    An alarm was activated, and it appears someone broke a front door while trying to force it open but was unable to gain entry, police said.
  • Theft: A boys’ green BMX-style bike was stolen about 5:56 p.m. April 26 from the 100 block of Upland Terrace in Bala Cynwyd, police said.
    A description of the two male juveniles was given to Philadelphia police, who stopped two boys at 56th and Arlington streets.
    The witness was taken to the scene and identified the bike and the two boys.
    The boys will be charged via petition, police said.
  • Theft: About $27,000 worth of jewelry was reported missing April 27 from the 300 block of Llandrillo Road in Bala Cynwyd, police said.
    Missing jewelry included wedding and engagement bands, a watch and diamonds, police said.
    It is unknown when the jewelry was taken.
  • Drug possession: Police responded to the Lord & Taylor parking lot about 1:25 p.m. April 27 on report of a medical emergency.
    It appeared three individuals were shooting heroin, police said.
    Mark Bruni, 27, from the unit block of Powers Avenue in West Conshohocken, Jessica Cinque, 26, from the 2700 block of Township Line Road in Blue Bell, and Elizabeth Collins, 29, from the 300 block of Sweet Briar Road in King of Prussia, were charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
  • Driving while under suspension: Police stopped a vehicle speeding at Belmont Avenue and Rock Hill Road April 27 after responding to the area on a report of a reckless driver, police said.
    The driver failed a field sobriety test, and police found a substance that appeared to be cocaine.
    Daniel Hannigan, 30, of the 3500 block of New Queen Street in Philadelphia, was charged with driving with a suspended license from two prior DUIs.
    Hannigan was taken to Lankenau Hospital, and blood-test results are pending, police said.
  • Theft: Two bikes were stolen between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. April 28 from the 100 block of Upland Terrace in Bala Cynwyd, police said.
    A homeowner noticed an open window on the detached garage and noticed a gate leading to the backyard was also open, police said.
    Two bikes, a men’s green Holland bicycle and a women’s Schwinn mountain bike, valued at $4,900, were missing, police said.
    On April 29, one of the bikes was seen near Lebanon Avenue in Philadelphia.
    The man on the bike said he’d bought it for $10, and it was determined he was not involved in the theft, police said.
    The owner got the $4,800 bike back.
  • Attempted burglary: A homeowner reported on April 29 an attempted burglary on the 500 block of Cynwyd Circle in Bala Cynwyd, police said.
    At about 10 p.m. April 28, the homeowner heard something outside and found pry marks on the front door the next day, police said.
    It also appeared someone had kicked the front door, police said.


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