Posts Tagged ‘police’

Drug Bust In Lansdale

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

LANSDALE, PA — Police served a search warrant on a suspected “crack house” in Lansdale Borough.

“This is part of our ongoing efforts to crack down on drugs in Lansdale Borough,” said Lansdale police Sgt. Alex Kromdyk.

Montgomery County Bomb Squad

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The Boston Marathon bombings put all local bomb squads on notice and the Montgomery County Bomb Squad is paying attention. The Montgomery County Bomb Squad, is a division of the sheriff’s department and offers services to any Montgomery County fire or police department on request. It supports other local, state and federal officials, and provides security clearance services for visiting dignitaries.
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On May 15, 2013 the bomb squad blew-up a bus in a demonstration for CBS 3 News.

Another Bad Montgomery County Police Officer

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Former Montgomery Co. police officer accused of stealing weapons, drug evidence and cash; using informants to purchase drugs for his personal use


HARRISBURG, PA — Agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation have filed charges against a former police officer from Montgomery County who is accused of using police department informants to make drug purchases on his behalf, along with the theft of valuables from the evidence room of his police department, including firearms, cash and narcotics.

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as John Becker, 42, of Horsham, Montgomery County. Becker is a former detective sergeant with the Hatboro Police Department.

According to the criminal charges, between December 2009 and January 2011 Becker convinced or coerced several individuals to make numerous drug purchases on his behalf, including powerful prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin and Percocet, along with cocaine.

Kelly said that all of these transactions were allegedly under the guise of assisting “undercover drug investigations” that were supposedly being conducted by Becker, though in reality no official investigations existed and Becker is accused of keeping the drugs for his own personal use.

“These non-existent investigations allegedly created by Becker to obtain drugs put unsuspecting informants in harm’s way and also tarnished the legitimate work of police departments in Montgomery and Bucks counties,” Kelly said.

Additionally, Becker is accused of engaging in a series of thefts from the evidence room of the Hatboro Police Department, where he served for many years as the evidence custodian. Between 2003 and 2011, Becker allegedly stole ten firearms, including a rare German 9mm Luger pistol, along with numerous other handguns and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Kelly said that Becker is also accused of taking more than $18,000 in cash from the evidence room, along with an Omega watch valued at $2,700 and narcotics worth more than $2,000.

As the result of this investigation, agents executed a search warrant on Becker’s home in June 2011, recovering several items determined to be evidence from the Hatboro Police Department evidence room, including items still bearing evidence stickers and items that Becker had allegedly designated as “destroyed” while serving as evidence custodian for the police department.

Kelly said the investigation also resulted in the recovery of five firearms that were allegedly sold by Becker to store in Horsham and later resold to unsuspecting buyers in Pennsylvania and Texas. Four more weapons were later located in the trunk of Becker’s car.

Becker is charged with ten counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, all second-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to ten years in prison and $25,000 fines.

Additionally, Becker is charged with three counts of theft by unlawful taking, all third-degree felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Becker is also charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, eight counts of unlawful restraint and 12 counts of criminal coercion, all first-degree misdemeanors each punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines, along with four counts of official oppression, a second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.

Becker surrendered today to agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and was preliminarily arraigned before Hatboro Magisterial District Judge Paul N. Leo.

Kelly thanked Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman along with Montgomery County Detectives; Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler and Bucks County Detectives; along with the Hatboro Police Department, for their extensive cooperation and assistance with this investigation.

Becker will be prosecuted in Montgomery County by Senior Deputy Attorney General John Flannery of the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Philadelphia: Where the Victim Goes to Jail

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Reader input:

Hi, we need some help getting our story our. We went to Valley Green Park on 7/31/11, parked at 500 W. Springfield Ave in Chestnut Hill and our car was vandalized. Rob was taken into custody for bogus charges (cops say they found drugs in the car in the same location where my wallet was stolen). We have a petition up on Change.org (Philadelphia: Where the victim goes to jail). Any help or coverage is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Philadelphia: Where the victims go to jail!!

On July 31 2010, Rob DeMarco and I went for a walk at Valley Green Park in Chestnut Hill, and I parked my car in a parking lot at 500 W. Springfield Ave, Philadelphia PA 19118. We arrived back at my car about 2 hours later to find it had been vandalized. There were also 2 Philadelphia police officers waiting for us. My car door was damaged, window smashed, my wallet containing my ID, and several cards were stolen from the closed glove box, and my back seats had been set on fire!

The officers promptly asked who owns the car. Once I tell them I own the car, they tell me that they have to arrest me because illegal substances were found in a cigarette pack in my glove box. We did not have any illegal substances in my vehicle upon our arrival to the park and my cigarette pack was full of cigarettes. We tried to reason that my car was vandalized and my personal items were stolen from my glove box and this was not ours, but the officer tells me that either one of us or both of us are going to jail. Rob said he would go with the officers and was handcuffed and placed in the back of the car. We cooperated, figuring that this matter would be cleared up very quickly. He was never formally arrested, read his rights, nor were either one of us asked for a statement. Instead, Rob was locked in a holding cell overnight and released the following morning. Rob is now facing drug possession charges. If convicted, he may face incarceration and/or loss of his license.
I understand the police have a job to do and substance abuse is a serious crime. I have nothing but respect for the men and women who put their lives at risk for the safety of the public. However, in this case, I believe the officers used very poor judgment. All I received was a police report number written down on a piece of paper. I asked for names and badge numbers, and I was told it would all be on the report. I am writing this petition 2 days after these events and the reports are still unavailable.

I am asking for 14th District Captain Joel Dales to dismiss these charges. We are the victim of vandalism, theft, arson and now false charges!

Please call Captain Dales, Philadelphia 14th district at 215-686-3140, or email him at police.co_14@phila.gov