Armed robberies are declining in 15th district

Rob­ber­ies with guns have dropped 13 per­cent in the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, Capt. Frank Bach­may­er told mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil dur­ing their re­cent meet­ing in the John M. Perzel Com­munity Cen­ter.

Ar­rests for that crime have ris­en 65 per­cent, he said.

Strong-arm rob­ber­ies have in­creased 3 per­cent and ar­rests have gone up 29 per­cent. Prop­erty crimes have gone up 22 per­cent and ar­rests for those crimes are up 53 per­cent.

The dis­trict will con­duct a gun buy-back pro­gram from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat­urday, Oct. 22, at St. Joachim’s R.C. Church on the 1500 block of Church St. Any­one who turns in a fire­arm will get a $50 gift cer­ti­fic­ate to Shop Rite, Bach­may­er said.

Dur­ing their Au­gust meet­ing, PDAC mem­bers honored four of­ficers for out­stand­ing ef­forts in June and Ju­ly. PDAC mem­bers lauded Stan­ley Galiczyn­ski and Cedric Carter as of­ficers of the month for June, and sim­il­arly praised of­ficers Don­ald Hollaway and Louis Ort­iz as of­ficers of the month for Ju­ly.

On June 18, Carter and Galiczyn­ski ap­pre­hen­ded Ish­mir Smith as the sus­pect who robbed and pep­per-sprayed a wo­man at Frank­ford and Dyre streets the day be­fore. Smith, now in cus­tody, was charged with theft, as­sault and drug-re­lated of­fenses. Po­lice said they found 21 pack­ets of marijuana in Smith’s pos­ses­sion when they stopped him.

On June 29, Galiczyn­ski and Carter also ap­pre­hen­ded Brandon Watts as one of three sus­pects who robbed a vic­tim of $50 on Unity Street and fled on bi­cycles. Po­lice said Watts, who al­legedly tossed a bag filled with marijuama pack­ets dur­ing a foot chase, was iden­ti­fied by the vic­tim as a gun­man. He was charged with theft, burg­lary, rob­bery, crim­in­al con­spir­acy, drug of­fenses and weapons vi­ol­a­tions.

On Ju­ly 23, of­ficers Hollaway and Ort­iz res­cued sev­er­al people from the roof of a burn­ing Cot­tage Street home. The of­ficers bor­rowed a neigh­bor’s lad­der and climbed to the roof to help the people to safety.

The PDAC’s next meet­ing will be 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Perzel Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St. ••

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