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Police roundup: Pokemon cards stolen; shots fired weren’t shots at all

The following is a compilation of crime-related incidents that occurred in Middletown between Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, based upon information provided to the Press And Journal by the Middletown Police Department.

Police reported a total of 84 calls during the week, many of them involving returned phone calls, assisting other agencies, and other incidents of a routine nature.

Theft of Pokemon cards

An unknown amount of a child’s Pokemon cards were reported stolen from a residence in the first block of West Main Street. The incident was reported to police Tuesday, Aug. 30.


Theft from a business

A water meter and copper piping from throughout the basement was reported stolen from a business in the 900 block of Adelia Street. The theft was discovered and reported to police on Monday, Aug. 29, by employees of the Suez water company who had gone to the business to turn the water on, police said.

Vehicles egged

Police on Sunday, Aug. 28, responded to a complaint of an egg being thrown at a vehicle in the first block of West Peters Avenue. Police upon arriving found egg matter on the caller’s vehicle, as well as on another vehicle that was in the same area.

Residential burglary

Police are investigating a burglary that was reported early Saturday, Aug. 27, at an apartment in the 200 block of West Hoffman Avenue. The investigation is ongoing and police had no further information.

Stolen bicycle

A blue Trek-brand bicycle was reported stolen from a residence in the 500 block of Laurel Avenue sometime between Sunday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 27.
An unknown person took the bicycle from inside the victim’s unlocked garage, police said. The bicycle is blue with Trek in gray lettering.

Criminal mischief

A person reported that maple syrup and egg matter had been left on the handle of the door on her apartment in the 100 block of Wilson Street. The woman reported the incident to her property manager who reported it to police on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Shots fired report

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the area of Swar Avenue at Wilson Street.
Police after arriving determined that the cause of the noise was someone setting off fireworks.

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Alleged multiple Rite-Aid robber arrested

Joshua Iron-Lee Perry — the man wanted for robbing the Rite-Aid in Middletown in June — was taken into custody in Erie on Friday, Sept. 2, borough Police Chief John Bey told the Press And Journal.PERRYJoshua WEB

Perry is also a suspect in robbing four other Rite-Aids in Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, according to police. Perry allegedly held up the Rite-Aids to get oxycodone, police said. Rite-Aid had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Perry’s capture, according to unconfirmed reports.

Middletown police on Aug. 24 charged Perry with robbing the Rite-Aid after Perry failed to turn himself in on Aug. 15.

Borough police say that Perry and two accomplices were arrested by state police in a motel on the outskirts of Erie at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Perry had fled from York County to Erie to escape capture. A tip about Perry being spotted at the Erie County Fair on Thursday night, Sept. 1, was relayed by local police to Middletown police, borough police said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

State police in Corry apprehended Perry and the two accomplices without incident, according to the release.

The other Rite-Aid robberies that Perry is a suspect in were committed in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County; Cleona in Lebanon County; Stewartstown in York County; and Aug. 28 in Dover, also in York County. 

The Cleona and Dover robberies both took place after Perry was to have turned himself in to Middletown police.

Besides the Middletown charges Perry and one of the accomplices, John Lebzelter of Lebanon, will face charges from York and Lebanon counties for the other Rite-Aid robberies that took place there, police said. It is unknown if or when the third suspect, a woman, will be charged, police said.

Perry’s last known address was at the Pine Manor mobile home park on Route 230 just east of Middletown. Police had been tracking Perry in Lancaster County before he fled to York County and then to Erie County.

Besides state police in Corry Middletown police also acknowledged assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, state police in Jonestown, and police from Southern York County Regional, West Hempfield Township, and Hallam Township.

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Three home burglaries reported on Foxianna Road

State police are investigating three recent home burglaries on Foxianna Road in Londonderry Township.

The three burglaries – in the 2100 block, 1700 block and 2400 block of Foxianna – were reported from Thursday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 28, said Tpr. Robert Hicks, a spokesman for the state police.

"We don't know if these burglaries are related, but we are investigating that possibility," he said.

"We ask that people be vigilant and take note and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area," Hicks said. "People should never leave their homes or cars unlocked."foxiannard


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Tractor-trailer overturns on Vine Street, driver receives minor injuries

A tractor-trailer hauling water overturned on Vine Street in Londonderry Twp. on Wednesday morning, June 24.

The 1998 Mack truck overturned onto its passenger side as the driver tried to turn left onto Vine Street from the Interstate 283 East ramp at about 8:30 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The driver, identified by police as Jesse A. Saulnier, 39, of Dover, received minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. Saulnier was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, police said.

No other vehicles were involved. The tractor-trailer was hauling water, which spilled onto the roadway just outside Rutter's. The right lane of Vine Street heading toward Hummelstown was closed for about an hour until workers could set the tractor-trailer upright and tow it away.

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