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Thieves steal running car while owner fills tank

A Mayfair motorist learned the hard way on March 5 that you should never leave your parked car running, even if it’s connected to a gas pump and you’re standing right next to it.


Teen arrested for attempted robbery, assault

A 17-year-old boy is facing attempted robbery and assaulting police charges in connection with two incidents in Parkwood early this week.


Burglary charges dismissed due to faulty paperwork

There were 22 burglary charges filed against Marcus Fair and Anthony O’Connor, but Municipal Judge Karen Y. Simmons dismissed the cases due to lack of evidence. 


Burglars steal $1.3 million in jewelry 

A jewelry heist in Crescentville on Monday netted unidentified burglars more than $1.3 million in loose diamonds, luxury watches, rings and pendants, Philadelphia police said.


State rep’s fiancé robbed outside his office

The fiance of a Northeast Philadelphia state representative was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint outside the legislator’s district office on March 5.


Sex trafficking lawsuit filed against NE motel 

The operators of a Northeast Philadelphia motel once called the “epicenter of human trafficking” by a city prosecutor have been named as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by attorneys for a child prostitution victim.


Northeast robbery spree ends with two arrests

A two-person robbery spree in the Northeast’s Upper Holmesburg and Holme Circle sections last week ended when an alert police officer spotted the suspects’ car in the parking lot of a local motel.


Crime Log: March 15, 2017

As reported by Northeast Detectives. Does not include homicides, sexual assaults, narcotics offenses or other specific crimes investigated by special police units. All locations listed by block, not by exact address.


Reward for cemetery vandalism rises to $74K

As the reward for information about the Mount Carmel Cemetery gravestone vandalism has increased to $74,000, new information reported to police indicates that much of the damage may have been caused days or weeks earlier than originally suspected. According to multiple news reports, the superintendent of Laurel Hill cemetery in North Philadelphia’s Swampoodle section told police detectives last week that he saw many overturned gravestones at Mount Carmel on Feb. 21, five days before the damage was first reported to authorities.


Police seek Mayfair bank robber

The FBI and Philadelphia police seek the public’s help in identifying and finding a man suspected of robbing a Mayfair bank last month.