POLICE LIGHTS

THEFT >> At approximately 4 p.m. on May 17 police were contacted in regards to the theft of inspection stickers off of a vehicle that was parked at Council Rock High School North. An investigation is ongoing.

COUNTERFEIT MONEY >> Police were dispatched to Bed Bath & Beyond at approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 19 for the report of counterfeit money being used in an attempt to purchase a $200 cosmetic mirror. The subject left the scene prior to police arrival and an investigation is ongoing.

ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES >> Around 4:30 p.m. on May 19 police were dispatched to Swamp Road for a one vehicle traffic accident with injuries. The driver, who had been ejected from the vehicle during the crash, was transported to the hospital and is suspected of driving under the influence. Charges are pending blood evidence results.

THREE VEHICLE CRASH >> Just before 6 p.m. on May 19 police were dispatched to the intersection of the Newtown Bypass and Richboro Road for the report of a three vehicle traffic accident with injuries. One of the drivers, who was transported to the hospital, is suspected of driving under the influence. Charges are pending blood evidence results.

ONE VEHICLE CRASH >> Around 8:30 p.m. on May 19 police were dispatched to Penns Trail in the area of Upper Silver Lake Road for the report of a pick-up truck that had been swerving all over the roadway before striking a pole and flipping over. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to the hospital and is suspected of driving under the influence. Charges are pending blood evidence results.

VANDALISM >> At approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 20 police were contacted in regards to an incident of vandalism at Council Rock High School North. It was reported that sometime between Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 unknown subjects entered the school district property and spray painted several areas.

ARREST >> On May 20, Stephen Thomas Griffin turned himself in at the Newtown Township Police Department. He was wanted on a warrant stemming from a burglary investigation.  He was processed at Northampton Township, arraigned in front of District Judge Michael Petrucci and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.  On April 2, police investigated a residential burglary that occurred on Wrightstown Road.  As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued on April 15 for Stephen Thomas Griffin.

FRAUD >> At 10 a.m. on May 20 a Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters to report fraud. According to the complainant, a family member claimed to have been diagnosed with cancer and asked the entire family to help with medical expenses for care and treatment. The entire family contributed more than $150,000 only to later discover that the family member had lied about her condition. The complainant herself suffered a loss of $10,000.

DUI CHARGES PENDING >> Shortly after 8:45 p.m. on May 21 police conducted a traffic stop on the operator of a blue 2019 Audi A4 on the Newtown Bypass in the area of Lower Silver Lake Road. When speaking with the operator, Michael Scott Pearlman, 33, of Bensalem, the officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Pearlman was unable to satisfactorily perform field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was processed at Northampton Township Police Department and released. Charges are pending blood evidence results.

TRUCK ENFORCEMENT >> In a continued effort to ensure the safety of the community, the Newtown-Makefield Truck Enforcement Unit, comprised of officers from our department and Newtown Borough and Upper Makefield Township police departments, conducted another traffic detail on May 22 at Stoopville Road and Eagle Road. The results of the detail were as follows: 10 trucks were stopped and inspected; one truck and one driver were placed out of service; 12 violations were observed; and six citations were issued.

FRAUD >> Patrols were dispatched to the TD Bank on West Road around 1 p.m. on May 22 for the report of a fraudulent transaction. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

FRAUD >> Just before 1:45 p.m. on May 22 a Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters to report a fraudulent letter she received. The letter advised that she’d be getting funds from a deceased relative from another country. It claimed that the funds were found abandoned in a safety deposit vault, and the author of the letter wanted to secretly funnel some of it to her, take 50 percent for themselves, and send 10 percent to a charity. The complainant did not respond to the letter and recognized it as a scam.

DUI CHARGES PENDING >> On May 23 at approximately 9:34 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Kingsley Court for the report of a possibly intoxicated driver. Once on scene, it was quickly determined that a hit and run accident had occurred. Police were able to locate the striking vehicle involved and initiated a traffic stop in the area of Penns Trail. Upon contact with the operator, Saundra Ann Pedersen, 45, of Newtown, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Pedersen was unable to satisfactorily perform field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. She was processed at Northampton Township Police Department and released. Charges are pending blood evidence results. Pedersen will also be charged for leaving the scene of an accident.

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