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Wallet stolen from customer at Giant; scam gets $25,000: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 6/13/18

A wallet was reported stolen from a customer while the victim was shopping in the Giant Food Store in Midtown Plaza in the 400 block of East Main Street in Middletown.

The theft was reported to …

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Wallet stolen from customer at Giant; scam gets $25,000: Police and Courts Roundup

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A wallet was reported stolen from a customer while the victim was shopping in the Giant Food Store in Midtown Plaza in the 400 block of East Main Street in Middletown.

The theft was reported to Middletown police June 6 shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Backpack, tools taken from cabin

An engine cabin at the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad at 136 Brown St. in Middletown was broken into and a leather backpack stolen from inside, Middletown police said.

The backpack contained clothing and two large tools, to which a large saw blade was attached. The value of the backpack and contents was estimated at $400.

The theft was reported to police shortly before 10 a.m. June 6.

Area man’s debit card cloned

A Middletown resident reported that his debit card was “cloned” and an unauthorized withdrawal of $600.25 was made from his account by someone in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, borough police said.

The victim reported the theft to his bank, which replaced the funds in the man’s account, police said. The man reported the incident to police June 4.

Vandalism reported at swim club

A cleaning pole was damaged at the Middletown Swim Club at 1130 N. Union St. between 5 p.m. May 31 and 6:30 a.m. June 1, borough police said.

A new pole costs about $250.

Police revive man using Narcan

A 36-year-old man was revived from a heroin overdose by Middletown police using one dose of Narcan in the 200 block of East Water Street at about 8 p.m. May 31, according to police reports.

The man was taken to the hospital by emergency medical service personnel.

Elderly man out $25K in scam

An elderly Middletown man was reportedly bilked out of $25,000 by a phone scam, borough police said.

Police said that a man from Honaker, Virginia, called the victim to tell him he had won $2.5 million in cash and a new Mercedes. The caller instructed the man to send a check for $25,000 to cover the taxes.

The caller then sought to extort another $75,000 from the man, but he refused, according to police.

The man’s family requested that the man’s address be kept confidential, police said.

Highspire man charged

State Police charged a Highspire man following a domestic incident in the 3200 block of Foxianna Road in Londonderry Township at about 10:15 p.m. May 12.

Police responded to a complaint from a victim who alleged she had been in a fight with James Francis Homer, 39, of the 500 block of Willow Street.

Homer was pulled over after he was observed driving slowly past the residence, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy. Lab results of blood drawn from Homer showed he had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.19, police said.

Homer is charged with DUI and summary harassment. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for July 9.

Amazon package stolen

A package delivered through Amazon was reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Beechwood Drive.

The theft was reported to borough police May 31.

Prescription pills stolen from car

A total of $500 in prescription pills was reported stolen from inside a 2005 blue Volkswagen Golf as the car was parked in the 100 block of Brown Street between 9 p.m. May 29 and 7:45 a.m. May 30.

The victim told police that 30 pills were taken from one box that had previously been unopened. Four or five pills were taken from another box that had already been opened, police said.

The boxes were in the glove box of the vehicle, which police believe was unlocked at the time of the theft.

Police investigate assault report

Middletown police are investigating an assault that reportedly occurred at the 7-Eleven in the first block of East Main Street at about 5:30 p.m. May 28.

Police described the suspect as a white heavy-set man with a pony tail, 6-feet-tall and weighing 250 pounds, with a barbed wire tattoo on his right arm and tattoos on his left forearm.

Fire pit stolen

A fire pit was reported stolen from the backyard of a residence in the 100 block of Spruce Street in Middletown.

The black circular four-legged fire pit valued at $100 was last seen at 6 p.m. May 25 and reported missing as of 2 p.m. May 26, police said.

Damage to residence

The side door of a residence in the 100 block of East Emaus Street was damaged after it was kicked in.

A neighbor reported seeing the damage to the owner of the property. The incident was reported at 4:30 p.m. May 26.

Flags stolen from funeral home

Several small U.S. and military service flags were reported stolen from outside the Matinchek Funeral Home at 260 E. Main St. in Middletown.

The value of the 6-by-8 inch flags was estimated at $20. The theft was reported to borough police at about 11:30 a.m. May 26, and is believed to have occurred overnight.