July 9 – Burglary, Forced Entry
- 2400 block of High Road
While showing a potential home for sale, an employee of a real estate company discovered that the back door was broken and the utility closet was entered. According to the report, an unknown subject(s) used a pipe cutter or similar tool to remove multiple sections of the copper pipe attached to the heating system. It appears 10-20 feet of copper was removed from the vacant house.
July 2 – Theft
- Penn Fluid Systems – 1663 Republic Road
The owner of Penn Fluid Systems called LMPD to report that two gas grills, a line trimmer and a leaf blower were stolen out of a shed on the rear of the property. Employees discovered that almost all of the items in the shed were removed and placed on the side and rear of the shed. The items reported as stolen were:
- Ducane Affinity 4100 LP gas grill ($576)
- Weber Summit S-620 6-Burner Propane Gas ($1,900)
- Craftsman 4-cycle 25CC Handheld Gas Leaf Blower ($160)
- Eager Beaver Weed Wacker ($160)
A similar incident occurred at Zampell, a business nearby to Penn Fluid Systems, where a manager reported that three power supply cords were cut from equipment in their lot. The cords were each about 25 feet long, made of very heavy gauge copper wire, with a black exterior, and had a large metal plug on the end that’s worth several hundred dollars. The cords appeared to be cut with large cable cutters or shears.
June 30 – DUI
- Area of Byberry Rd. & Philmont Ave.
A driver who claimed he was just hit by another driver in an Audi sedan flagged down a police officer and reported that the driver then fled the scene. A short time later it was discovered that the Audi had crashed on the front lawn at the 3500 block of Pine Road. The homeowner saw a white male in his 20’s, fleeing westbound on foot after crashing into his property.
Police officers and two K9’s were called in to help find the subject, who was eventually found hiding in the back yard of a home on Lamplighter Lane and identified as Sergey Postevka, 20, of Southampton. Postevka was wearing just socks, shorts and a tank top, which were torn in multiple places. He was also wet and covered in dirt. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and Postevka did not consent to submitting a blood sample.
It was later revealed that after the first crash, Postevka was involved in a second crash in the area of Byberry and Bent roads where he collided into the left rear bumper of a black Hyundai, and then fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
June 29 – Burglary
- 1400 block of Rhoades Drive
A resident returned home and heard voices and rustling in the upstairs of her home shortly after 4:30 p.m. The woman exited the house with her kids and took them to her parents’ home a couple of houses down the street. When she returned home she noticed jewelry was missing from her bedroom.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the subject(s) placed an outdoor chair next to the grill and used it as a ladder to gain access to the roof. The suspect(s) unlocked two windows on the second floor to enter, and exited through the rear sliding door in the kitchen.
Members of Jenkintown PD and Cheltenham PD were there to assist. The suspects were gone by the time police arrived, but one fingerprint was obtained from the jewelry box. The jewelry and precious metals stolen are worth approximately $8,280.00