Burglars strike again in the 7th Police District


For months, of­ficers in the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict have been on the lookout for a white van they be­lieve has been used in nu­mer­ous home burg­lar­ies.

On Monday, the un­known crooks struck again and left be­hind a strong trail of wit­ness and video evid­ence, po­lice say.

Two men at­temp­ted to break in­to an un­oc­cu­pied house on the 9200 block of Masland St. in Bustleton at about 6:15 p.m. Po­lice claim that the burg­lars met at the front door, then walked to the rear of the prop­erty. One burg­lar scaled a pri­vacy fence while the oth­er stood as a lookout.

The first burg­lar triggered an alarm when he forced open the back door, prompt­ing both men to flee empty-handed.

Po­lice be­lieve that a third man was also in­volved, act­ing as a pos­sible get­away driver. Just be­fore and dur­ing the break-in at­tempt, a white van drove past the prop­erty sev­er­al times. Dur­ing the break-in, the first burg­lar was seen speak­ing on a cell phone con­tinu­ously. Also, the second man was seen out­side the prop­erty speak­ing with a third man about 90 minutes be­fore the break-in at­tempt.

The first burg­lar was de­scribed as black, 20 to 27 years old with a light com­plex­ion and me­di­um build. He wore a dark knit hat, gray hood­ie with white drawstrings and a light-colored logo on the chest, along with dark pants and black shoes.

The second burg­lar was de­scribed as black, 20 to 27 years old and thin. He wore a dark hood­ie, dark pants and tan work boots.

No de­scrip­tion was avail­able of the third man. The vehicle is a white Chevy work-type van with two rear doors and win­dows, two right-side doors and win­dows, lo­gos on both front doors and let­ter­ing on both front doors and sides.

To view the sur­veil­lance video, vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­Tube.com. Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crime. ••


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