Swarthmore Police Report

On Saturday, February 18, at 2:05 a.m., Officer Kline responded to the 300 block of N. Princeton Avenue for a report of a male attempting to make entry into vehicles.

The reporting party provided a description. Officer Kline checked the area and then went to the reporting party’s home. They reported they had been awakened by a motion light in their driveway that had been activated and saw the suspect walking across the street. They were asked to check their vehicles and the homeowner discovered her purse (which had been in the vehicle) in the driveway with the contents strewn about and approximately $100 and a fob controller discovered to be missing.

Officer Kearney of the Ridley Township Police Department responded to this incident and found a male fitting the broadcast description behind some bushes in the 200 block of N. Princeton Ave. The individual was detained, and the victims identified the suspect. Officer Kearney recovered the fob controller and money from the suspect.

Other property was found on the suspect and subsequent investigation identified other victims. The suspect was charged with theft from vehicles.

A resident of the 200 block of Lafayette Avenue entered the front door of her property on February 21 at 7:14 p.m., discovered the rear sliding glass door broken, and heard noises in the house. She ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

Officer Bardo, along with officers from Media, Morton, and Nether Providence police departments, responded, arriving within a minute of the call.

Officer Bardo went to the rear of the property, where she observed the smashed sliding glass door and heard a noise in the house. At the same time, Media Police Officer Devito shouted he saw a male in the house headed in Officer Bardo’s direction. The male exited the property through the broken door carrying a backpack.

When Officer Bardo commanded the suspect to stop and show his hands, he dropped the backpack in the driveway and ran towards Lafayette Avenue, where he pushed down Morton Police Officer McGrady, then ran towards Oberlin Avenue.

Police officers from several jurisdictions apprehended him a short distance away. After a struggle, he was handcuffed.

During the incident Officer Bardo was injured and was taken to Springfield Hospital; she was treated and released.

The suspect was taken to the Media police station for processing and was charged with multiple offenses including burglary, aggravated assault, assault on police, and criminal trespass.

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