• Crime

Bandit swipes cigarettes, ignores cash

A robber didn’t waste time putting on a disguise before he knocked off a Wissinoming convenience store on Jan. 4. In fact, he didn’t even stop to take the cash, according to police.


Police search for two missing NE men

A man from Upper Holmesburg and another from Bustleton have each been reported missing under separate circumstances.


Man uses hammer in phone store robbery

A visitor to a Castor Gardens cell phone store on Christmas Eve seemed like a friendly enough fellow when he approached the front counter, shook a clerk’s hand, then browsed the shop for about a half-hour before leaving.


Man stabbed in home invasion

A Tacony man escaped serious injury when he returned home on New Year’s Eve, went upstairs and found a knife-wielding burglar rooting through his dresser.


Suspect arrested for six armed robberies

Alert police in the 15th district captured a man suspected in six armed robberies of cell phone and dollar stores in the Castor Gardens, Wissinoming and Tacony neighborhoods last month.


Alleged Pennypack rapist returns in cuffs

Two years ago, Robert Palen abandoned his job, his wife, his children and his Northeast Philadelphia home to satisfy his fascination with a 20-something Wisconsin woman whom he knew only through a dating website, police say.


Rash of armed robberies hits Frankford

Armed robbers closed 2014 with a flourish in Frankford as they tallied at least a dozen stickups during the final 10 days of the year, mostly in the area of SEPTA Frankford Transportation Center.


NE man charged with animal cruelty

A Morrell Park man has been accused of animal cruelty after a PSPCA officer found a ldquo;severely emaciated” dog in the basement of a home on the 3400 block of Morrell Ave. on Dec. 23.


Register, electronics stolen from pizzeria

Three burglars treated a Frankford pizzeria like their personal after-hours appliance store on Dec. 21, and they didn’t pay a dime.


Crime log: January 7, 2015

Dec. 1 through 14