Press Release - August 21, 2019

RETAIL THEFT

7/25/19 – TJ Maxx in Gateway Shopping Center. Police charges Luz Dircio-Telles, 34, of Malvern, PA with Retail Theft and False ID to Law Enforcement after she concealed over $97.00 worth of jewelry in her purse and provided officers with the wrong identification when questioned.

PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS

7/27/19 – Paoli Shopping Center. Police charged a 45 year old woman from Wayne, PA with Public Drunkenness after officers observed her slumped over and passed out in her vehicle.

RETAIL THEFT

8/1/19 – TJ Maxx in Gateway Shopping Center. Police charged Lori Ann Taney, 48, of Philadelphia with Retail Theft; Receiving Stolen Property; Possession of an instrument of crime; Possession of a Controlled Substance and Related Paraphernalia and George Rodriguez, 50, of Philadelphia, PA with: Retail Theft; Receiving Stolen Property; Possession of an instrument of crime and Possession of a Controlled Substance after they were observed concealing merchandise in backpacks and exiting the store.

RETAIL THEFT

8/3/19 – Target store in Devon. Police charged Summer Reaves, 19, of Philadelphia, PA with Retail Theft after she was observed on surveillance cameras concealing merchandise in her personal bag on several occasions.

THREATS

8/5/19 – Lancaster Avenue in Paoli. Police charged Kevin Appignani, 37, of Paoli, PA with Terroristic Threats after he directed threats of physical violence towards police officers.

FLEEING FROM POLICE

8/14/19 – Route 202. Police charged Mahendravarman Mani, 33, of Nagar Chennai, India with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police after failing to yield for officers while they were attempting a traffic stop.

DRUG DELIVERY ARREST

6/16/19 – Police responded to the report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, officers determined that the patient died of an apparent drug overdose. After a thorough investigation was conducted, detectives were able to identify the actor who supplied the deadly drug. As a result, the actor – Luis Esteban Legarreta-Galan, 27, of Philadelphia, PA was charged with the following crimes: Drug Delivery Resulting in Death; Criminal Use of Communications Facility; Manufacturing/Delivering/Possession with Intent of a Controlled Substance; Recklessly Endangering Another Person; Possession of a Controlled Substance & Paraphernalia; Delivery of, Possession with Intent to Deliver Drugs/Paraphernalia. Legarretta-Galan was fingerprinted, photographed and arraigned on the above stated charges by District Judge Thomas Tartaglio (District Court 15-1-02)  via video link on August 1, 2019.  Bail was set at $150,000.00, 10 %. Legarretta-Galen failed to post the required $15,000.00 and was transported to Chester County Prison by Chester County Constables. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 09:00 hours at District Court 15-1-02. 

PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS

8/17/19 – 900 block of W. Swedesford Rd in Berwyn. Officers were dispatched to the report of a suspicious condition. Upon contact and further investigation, Police charged the 45 year old man from Mont Clare, PA with Public Drunkenness.

WALLET THEFT

8/17/19 – Trader Joe’s store in Gateway Shopping Center. The victim’s wallet was stolen from her purse while an unknown female distracted her with a conversation. Police warn residents of this type of distraction theft, which usually occurs in grocery stores. The thieves walk around the store trolling for unsuspecting, sometimes elderly targets who keep their purses in carts while shopping. One thief will strike up a friendly conversation about the products or recipes while a second thief reaches into the unattended purse and proceeds out the door – usually heading to King of Prussia Mall to use your credit cards. Do not put purses or wallets in shopping carts. Keep them close to your body and where you can see them at all times. It only takes seconds for theft to occur. Don’t be a victim!

THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WERE ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. THE LAB RESULTS AND/OR CHEMICAL BREATH TESTING HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY VERIFIED AND DETERMINED TO BE UNFIT TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE SAFELY ON THE ROADWAY.

Brandon Brodie, 34, of Lancaster, PA - Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was .213%

Donald Kalb, 19, of New Tripoli, PA – Marijuana was present in his system.

Patrick O’Brien, 35, of Malvern, PA – BAC was .211%

Ryan Pomeroy, 46, of West Chester, PA – BAC was .265%

Frederick Vanderburg, 23, of West Chester, PA – Benzoylecgonine (an inactive metabolite in cocaine) was present in his system.

Robert Wilkinson, 32, of Springfield, PA – BAC was .305%