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Police open stations for merchandise exchanges after string of Craigslist robberies

A recent spate of gunpoint robberies linked to bogus Craigslist ads has prompted Philadelphia police to open three Northeast stations for merchandise exchanges. Members of the public who wish to sell an item to or purchase an item from a stranger in a safe environment may do so in the lobbies of the 2nd/15th district, the 7th district or the 8th district.


Roofing company owner admits lying during investigation

A Montgomery County-based roofing company owner pleaded guilty on Dec. 9 to six federal charges stemming from the 2013 jobsite death of a Northeast man who fell from a 45-foot scaffold.


Pair charged with drugs, ramming police car

Two suspects fleeing an attempted drug bust allegedly rammed two police cars, crashed into a private motorist and almost ran over a police officer on Dec. 8.


Former officer pleads guilty to drug charges

A former city prison officer pleaded guilty on Monday to federal drug and attempted extortion charges for attempting to smuggle 100 non-prescribed OxyContin pills for an inmate of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center in exchange for $1,000 cash.


Police investigate unrelated shootings

Police in the 2nd district responded to two unrelated shootings within about an hour on Monday afternoon, including one that is being investigated as a home invasion.


Police seek Lexington Park prowler

A hooded prowler returned to an elderly couple’s Lexington Park home three times in less than two hours early on Dec. 4 in an apparent attempt to burglarize the place. He failed to get inside, but did some damage to the windows, police said.


Loaded gun, 12 kilograms of heroin seized from Mayfair house

Two Dominicans were using a twin house across Ryan Avenue from Austin Meehan Middle School to store and package wholesale quantities of heroin, according to a grand jury indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Dec. 2.


Robber arrested, charged with 7 burglaries

Philadelphia police say they have captured a Chalfont section man who burglarized seven Far Northeast businesses in late November.


Murder suspect linked to NE armed robbery 

The same robbers suspected in the Thanksgiving morning slaying of a Port Richmond man have been linked to a similar hold-up in Mayfair one hour earlier.


Check cashing business owner indicted

The co-owner of a Northeast check cashing business is facing nine federal charges for allegedly helping a sports bookmaker to conceal about $670,000 in illegal gambling proceeds.