INCIDENT BLOTTER: APRIL 18 - 25, 2019
April 18, 2019
- At 8:30 am police were contacted about potentially stolen or counterfeit inspection stickers on a vehicle that were found by a mechanic doing repairs. The inspection stickers were determined to be invalid and were seized for further investigation.
- Just before 9:45 pm police were advised of a road hazard on Merion Drive that needed attention. Police responded and located a hole in the roadway that was approximately five feet deep near a drainage pipe. Road safety cones and caution tape were utilized to secure the area, and the Public Works department was notified.
- Police conducted a traffic stop around 10:30 pm on the operator of a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado on Durham Road in the area of Valley View Way for committing a vehicle code violation. Upon contact with the driver, the officer detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of suspected marijuana oil. Charges are pending further investigation.
April 19, 2019
- Police were dispatched around 3:30 pm to Washington Crossing Road for the report of a suspicious male, walking and talking to himself. Once on location, police made contact with the male who explained that he was walking home and singing. The male was cleared by investigation, and no further action was taken.
April 20, 2019
- Police were dispatched shortly before 11:00 am to Swamp Road and Apple Hill Road for the report of terroristic threats. The complainant reported that his U-Haul truck was on the side of the road due to tire issues. The complainant further reported that a male operating a white Ford F-150 yelled at him because of the limited roadway and threatened to get a gun. The complainant was concerned that the male might actually come back with a gun while he waited for his mechanic. For the complainant’s safety, police stood by until the mechanic arrived.
April 22, 2019
- Officers conducted a commercial truck detail on Swamp Road and Short Lane between the hours of 5:00 am and 6:00 am. During the detail, 33 commercial trucks were observed, one truck was stopped, and two verbal warnings were issued.
- Shortly before 12:00 pm a Newtown Township resident contacted police to report fraud. According to the complainant, she received a phone call from a male claiming to be an Officer from the Office of Social Security. The fraudulent officer claimed that the complainant’s personal property was found in the back of a stolen car in Antonio, Texas, and that she was now wanted for murder and drug trafficking. The fraudulent officer told the complainant that he’d clear the problem up for her if she paid his department $89,000. The complainant gave the fraudulent officer all of her personal information before she realized it was a scam.
April 23, 2019
- A Newtown Township resident contacted police just before 9:00 am to report suspicious and harassing phone calls she’d received. The calls concerned an alleged ongoing investigation into her Social Security account, and the voice of the caller was described as computer generated. Police advised the complainant that calls such as these were a scam and that the best preventative action is to block the phone number. Police also reminded the complainant that the Social Security Office and IRS do not initiate action with a phone call.
April 24, 2019
- Around 10:00 am police were dispatched to the area of Swamp Road and Second Street Pike for the report of large amounts of crushed stones in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers discovered the stones that appeared to have fallen off a quarry truck. Police closed the south bound lane of Swamp Road towards Bucks County Community College in addition to other locations, including portions of the Newtown Bypass and Richboro Road, where stones in the roadway were causing a traffic hazard. The Newtown Township Public Works Department and a cleaning crew from Hanson Quarry responded to clear the roadway. The truck and truck operator responsible for the spill were located, and one of our Truck Enforcement Unit officers inspected the truck. As a result of the truck inspection, the officer cited the driver for multiple violations including; unsecured load, audible low air warning device, general lighting and ABS brake violations.
- At approximately 11:30 am a Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters to report that she was the victim of a theft that originally started as telephone solicitation. She explained that she’d received a series of calls from the same number on her Apple iPhone. The caller identification displayed the name “Apple,” and the complainant finally relented and answered the call. The caller indicated that he was with Apple and warned her that someone had been attempting to gain access to all of her personal accounts. The complainant was initially skeptical, but the caller was eventually able to persuade her to purchase a $500 Google Play gift card. Once she provided the gift card information to the caller, the complainant was told that she would need to purchase another one due to a transaction error. Ultimately, the complainant purchased another gift card, falling victim to the scam.
- At 3:00 pm a Newtown Township resident contacted police in regards to an E-Bay purchase she believed was fraudulent. The complainant explained that she received a notice from E-Bay asking her to confirm the purchase of an Apple iWatch for $600. The complainant immediately denied making the purchase and was informed that someone had used her PayPal account to place the order and ship it to an address in Newport, DE. The complainant was able to cancel the order and reported it to her credit card company.
- Police were dispatched to North Drive and East Society Place shortly before 7:00 pm for the report of juveniles playing in and out of traffic. Once on location, police checked the area with negative results.
April 25, 2019
- Officers conducted a commercial truck detail on Swamp Road. During the detail, 11 commercial trucks were observed and one truck was stopped, inspected, and issued a citation for unsecured items on the trailer bed.
- A Newtown Township resident contacted police around 7:45 pm to report a suspicious BMW that pulled into her driveway, stopped near her garage, and then left. Upon closer inspection, the complainant realized that the BMW was being used as an Amazon delivery vehicle and that her package had been delivered. A police response was not necessary.
- At approximately 10:15 pm police conducted a traffic stop on the operator of a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze on the Newtown Bypass for committing a vehicle code violation. Upon contact with the driver, the officer detected the odor of marijuana and discovered suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The driver was issued several citations for: expired registration, suspended registration, financial responsibility, suspended driver’s license, expired inspection and emissions, open container, and disorderly conduct.