• Crime

Menorah worth $5K stolen from synagogue

The leader of Congregation Beth Solomon is praying for the safe return of a memorial menorah that was stolen from the front lawn of the Somerton synagogue last month.

Man uses lighter, fuel to rob NE smoke shop

A man used a lighter and a bottle of fuel to rob a smoke shop in Mayfair Shopping Center on Aug. 30, police say.

Cyclist fatally hit by car on Frankford Avenue

Authorities have questioned a motorist in connection with Friday’s fatal hit and run of a bicyclist in Wissinoming, but formal charges were pending in the case yesterday.

Crime Log: September 7, 2016

The Northeast Times provides an overview of crimes reported to the four police districts in the Northeast. The details are based on reports compiled by the Northeast Detectives division of the Philadelphia Police Department. 

Teens wanted for beating man to death outside beer distributor

Police are searching for three teenagers who were involved in the unprovoked fatal beating of a man outside a Crescentville beer distributorship late Friday afternoon. CBS Philly broadcast surveillance video of the assault, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at Adams Beer Distributor on the 700 block of Adams Ave. The footage shows the three young men approaching the victim, who was standing next to an exterior wall of the business. It’s unknown if words were exchanged, but one of the suspects suddenly lunged toward the victim and punched him in the face.

Suspects sought in 7-Eleven robbery in Holme Circle

A convenience store clerk and patron both found themselves on the wrong end of a gun as three unknown bandits held up a 7-Eleven in Holme Circle early this month.

Surveillance photo released of Upper Holmesburg bank robber

A man with a threatening demand note robbed a bank in Upper Holmesburg last Thursday before fleeing, but surveillance cameras photographed him in the act. At about 11 a.m., the bandit entered the Republic Bank at 8764 Frankford Ave. and showed a demand note to a teller, police said. The teller surrendered an undisclosed amount of cash.

Self-proclaimed civil rights activist must face trial

If Tony Soto keeps raising money at his current pace, he might have enough to post bail in another 16 years or so. But chances are, his pending criminal case will be long over by then.

Police: Two men sought in PCS store robbery in Crescentville

Two unidentified men used intimidation to rob a cell phone store in Crescentville on Aug. 26, police say. Shortly before 4 p.m., the lead thug entered the Metro PCS store at 721 Adams Ave. while his partner stood outside guarding the door. The inside man went behind a sales counter and approached a 22-year-old woman clerk.

Police: Man stole veterans’ bikes

A Northeast man was charged criminally last week in connection with a theft of thousands of dollars worth of bicycles belonging to the Wounded Warriors Project, a charity dedicated to helping injured U.S. combat veterans.