Police log for 8-22-12

Pa. State Police Burglary at Harms Knitting Mill

An actor got onto the rooftop of the Harms Knitting Mill, located on Main Street in Bernville, between the dates of Aug. 5-10 and made forced entry by smashing a window. After entry, a string-controlled model airplane was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 610-378-4011.

Driver hits overhang at Taco Bell

While rounding the drive thru area of the Taco Bell located on Industrial Drive in Tilden Township on July 26, a driver moved forward to the first window and struck the metal weather shield overhang above the cashier window. Upon impact, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop, having damaged the weather shield. The driver then fled the parking lot in an undetermined direction.

Driver hits, shears utility pole

On Aug. 9 at 10:44 p.m., a one vehicle crash occurred on Zion's Church Road in Perry Township. Hamburg resident Nancy Moser, 57, was traveling westbound on the road in her 2007 Ford Freestyle and was attempting to negotiate a right curve when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center double lines.She then crossed into the eastbound lane of travel and then into the south shoulder of the roadway while spinning clockwise.

Moser then struck three mailboxes as well as a utility pole with the passenger side of the vehicle. The utility pole was sheared and the wires covered the roadway. The vehicle came to rest in a southeast direction after its contact with the utility pole.

The Freestyle suffered disabling damage and was towed from the scene. Moser suffered minor injuries in the accident. Hamburg EMS and Shoemakersville Fire Department assisted at the scene. Moser was cited for the crash.

30 cases of cigarettes stolen from store

State police investigated a burglary at Rainbow Pit Shop located on Lancaster Avenue in Bethel Township on Aug. 12. An actor gained forcible entry through the front door by breaking the lock. While inside, the actor proceeded to steal a box of approximately 30 cases of cigarettes before fleeing out the front door. The actor then got into a dark colored vehicle in the parking lot and fled south on state Route 501. The actor is described to be a white, non-hispanic, male who was wearing black shoes, pants, long sleeve shirt, black hat and red gloves. Anyone with information is requested to contact state police in Hamburg at 610-562-6885 and reference L04-1237746.

Riders thrown from motorcycle after struck by vehicle

At the intersection of Route 183 and East Road in Strausstown on Aug. 9, a Reading man struck the rear of a 2012 Harley Davidson Dynaglide and threw both the driver and his passenger from the motorcycle. Matthew Snyder, 25, struck the rear of the motorcycle with his 2000 Pontiac Sunfire, causing motorcycle operator Randy Heltzinger, 53, of Bethel, and passenger Debra Swoyer, 53, of Reading, to fall onto the roadway. The motorcycle was propelled an undetermined distance in a northerly direction.

Heltzinger and Swoyer were treated by medical personnel and transported to Reading Hospital. Schuylkill Valley and Bethel ambulances responded to the scene and transported the riders to the hospital.

Snyder was issued a citation for careless driving and operation of a vehicle without official certificate of inspection at the scene.

17-year-old attempts theft from Walmart

At 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 5, a 17-year-old male attempted to leave a Walmart in Tilden Township without paying for a DVD, two bandanas and an air-freshener. The total value of the merchandise was $18.10.

The juvenile was cited for the incident and released to his mother.

Unknown person spreads metal spikes next to Perry Township road

Before 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4, an unknown person(s) appeared on Moselem Springs Road in Perry Township and proceeded to spread metal spikes in the grass area on the side of the road. As a result of the spikes, Manheim resident Debra Fitzkee, 55, received a flat tire while driving; Elburn, Ill., resident Janet Enoch, 50, also got a spike in her tire, but it did not go flat.

Anyone with information regarding the situation is asked to call state police in Hamburg at 610-562-7228.

Valuables stolen from vehicles near and around Scottish Motel

Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., from Aug. 3 to 4, Shartlesville resident Michael Barlow III, 18, and Bernville resident Felix Cruz Jr., 30, broke into and robbed numerous vehicles in the parking lot and surrounding area of the Scottish Motel in Upper Bern Township.

In one case, a van was broken into and valuables were stolen to the monetary value of $25,000; these included a King Kat turbine-powered remote control airplane (estimated to be worth around $11,000) and the RC airplane controllers and accessories. The owners of the van had been in the area to fly their RC aircraft at the Fairview RC Flyer's Club in Perry Township.

In addition, the persons stole change, cell phones, GPS units, phone chargers, tools, cameras and more from other vehicles. The vehicles were entered through a broken window.

The two persons were arrested, and their crimes confessed; in addition, many of the stolen items were recovered. The two were arraigned at Berks County Night Court on Aug. 4, with bail set at $15,000.

A 17-year-old juvenile had also been involved, and was subsequently released to his mother.

Hamburg Borough Police Driver strikes parked vehicle

A traffic accident occurred on July 9 at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the first block of S. Third Street in Hamburg.

Christopher J. Gibson, 18, from the Reading area, was traveling north on S. Third Street when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a legally parked vehicle owned by Carline M. Blatt, from Hamburg. Gibson have his seat belt on. No injuries were reported. Gibson's vehicle was towed from the scene.

Harassment Shirley Schappell, 74, from Hamburg, was cited for harassment. This stems from an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 9 at approximately 10:34 a.m. in the 600 block of Franklin Street in Hamburg.

Burglary, other charges Alyx Claire Mazaika, 18, from Hamburg, was arrested for burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and criminal trespass. These charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 13 at approximately 8:15 a.m. in the 400 block of Northmont Avenue in Hamburg.

Outstanding warrants On Aug. 13, Jennifer Chestnut, 39, from the Sinking Spring area, was arrested for having outstanding warrants. Chestnut had responded to the Hamburg Borough Police Department for an incident involving her son when it was discovered that there were outstanding warrants on her.

Identity theft Patrick Anthony Strahan, 35, from the Shillington area, was charged with identity theft, access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property. These charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred between May 29 and June 6 at 52 S. Fourth St. and 556 E. State St. in Hamburg.

Criminal mischief and disorderly conduct

A 17-year old male from Hamburg was referred to Juvenile Court for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. These charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on June 20 at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Park Road at the Hamburg Park.

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