POLICE LIGHTS

The following information is provided by the Newtown Township Police Department:

ARREST >> On March 20, the Princeton Police Department contacted the Newtown Township's detective division to report that a subject they arrested for theft by deception and drug paraphernalia had confessed to a retail theft from the McCaffrey’s Food Market in Newtown. Police believed that the subject, Joan Brophy, 57, of Langhorne, was responsible for thefts from stores in Doylestown, Yardley and Princeton as well. After an investigation, Brophy was charged with Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property for the theft within Newtown Township's jurisdiction. On April 11, Brophy was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Michael Petrucci and bail was set at 10 percent of $20,000. She was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility.

DUI >> On Dec. 13, 2018 at approximately 4:40 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Durham Road and Penns Park Road for a two vehicle head on accident. As a result of the investigation into this accident, one of the drivers, 36 year old Gina Meyers of Langhorne, was arrested and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Michael Petrucci on March 22. Myers has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Careless Driving and Disregard Traffic Lane.

ARREST >> On April 23 at approximately 1 p.m. police were dispatched to the area of Barclay Street and Whitman Drive for the report of a suspicious man painting a van. Upon contact with the man and further investigation, police determined that the van was reported stolen out of Philadelphia. The man, identified as 28 year old Xavier Morel, was arrested and transported to Northampton Township Police Department where he was processed and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Petrucci. Bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000.

TRUCK DETAIL >> On April 26, officers conducted a commercial truck detail on Swamp Road and Short Lane between 5 and 7 a.m. During the detail, 51 commercial trucks were observed and no egregious violations were found.

THEFT FROM VEHICLES >> Just before 6 a.m. on April 27 police were dispatched to a Merion Drive residence for the report of vehicles that were broken into overnight. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victims and observed two vehicles that had no signs of forced entry. The victim related that she was unsure if the vehicles were locked or unlocked that night. Police processed the scene and documented several items that were stolen.

ATTEMPTED THEFT FROM VEHICLES >> At approximately 10:30 a.m. on April 27 police were dispatched to a Linton Hill Road residence for the report of an attempted theft from vehicles. It was reported that sometime overnight someone had entered the three unlocked vehicles that where parked in the driveway. It was apparent that the center consoles and glove compartments of the cars had been rummaged through, but no property was missing. Police processed the scene.

THEFT >> At 3:45 a.m. on April 28 police were advised of the theft of a cell phone. The victim, a Lyft driver, reported that his iPhone 7 Plus, worth approximately $800, went missing when he dropped a customer off on Danbury Court. An investigation is ongoing at this time.

FIRE CALL >> Around 8:30 p.m. on April 28 police were dispatched to Cambridge Lane for the report of an active fire on the back deck of a residence. Officers evacuated everyone from the apartments connected to the building on fire and the Newtown Emergency Services Fire Department arrived on location and extinguished the fire immediately. The scene was then secured as the source of the fire was investigated.

FRAUD >> Shortly after 1:45 p.m. on April 29 a human resource manager from a Newtown Township business contacted police in regards to an Internet based crime. She explained that she had been contacted via electronic correspondence by someone posing as the CEO of the business. The poser attempted to instruct the complainant to change the payroll deposit for the CEO to another account. After having a direct conversation with the true CEO, the complainant was able to determine that the perpetrator was a fraud. The company took the appropriate steps to protect their assets, and the FBI is investigating the matter at this time.

FRAUD >> A Newtown Township resident contacted police around 8:30 p.m. on April 30 to report a case of fraud. The complainant explained that somebody contacted her from an unknown number and told her that she won a sweepstakes check. In order to receive this check, the complainant was told that she would need to provide a $400 gift card to cover the costs of delivery. The complainant recognized this as a scam, did not purchase a gift card and did not provide the caller with any personal information.

THEFT >> Around 9:45 a.m. on May 1 police were notified of a theft from Wrightstown Country Store. The victim relayed that sometime during the night or early morning the daily shipment of bread that is dropped off was stolen. The approximate value of the rolls taken was $40.

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