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The following information has been supplied by the Pennsylvania State Police-Media Barracks. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

Here is a list of recent incidents in Middletown and Edgmont townships reported by the . Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to call police at 484-840-1000. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

DUI Crash—Painter Road at about 4:22 p.m. on July 17. A 30-year-old Media man was involved in a crash and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, according to State Police. Charges will be filed in District Court 32-2-48.

Controlled Substance— parking lot near at about 4:15 a.m. on July 15. Police observed a 20-year-old Media man smoking marijuana in his vehicle, according to State Police. The man was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited offensive weapons, according to State Police.

Retail Theft— at Granite Run Mall at about 4:30 p.m. on July 15. A juvenile removed sneakers from the store without paying, according to State Police.

Two-Car Crash—Route 352 near Granite Run Mall at about 12:35 p.m. on July 15. As a traffic light turned yellow, a Toyota Sienna, driven by a 41-year-old woman, attempted to turn left into the mall in front of a Honda Civic, driven by a 79-year-old man, according to State Police. The front of the Honda then struck the front passenger side of the Toyota, according to State Police. The 79-year-old driver and his passenger, a 64-year-old woman, both sustained injuries from the crash and were transported to Riddle Hospital, according to State Police said. The severity of their injuries were unknown. The 41-year-old driver and two child passengers were not injured. Both the Toyota and Honda sustained moderate damage and were towed from the scene.

Retail Theft— at Granite Run Mall on July 14. A juvenile woman was arrested in connection with stealing a pair of sneakers and various clothing items, according to State Police.

Criminal Mischief—St. Andrews Drive between 10 and 11 a.m. on July 13. A section of grass at a playground was found burning from thrown cigarette butts, according to State Police.

Disorderly Conduct— Outpatient Pavilion at about 12:30 p.m. on July 11. A 49-year-old Wallingford woman was cited for disorderly conduct which occurred in a doctor's office at the hospital, according to State Police.

Retail Theft— at Granite Run Mall at about 8:29 p.m. on July 9. A 49-year-old woman entered the store on July 9, 10 and 13 and removed numerous items from the shelves and then returned the items for gift cards, according to State Police. The total value of the items was $955.36.

Criminal Mischief—Smedley Avenue at about 6:20 a.m. on July 7. Unknown persons damaged the victim's vehicle outside his residence, according to State Police.

Theft by Unlawful Taking/Receiving Stolen Property—Darlington Park at about 4:37 p.m. on June 28. An 18-year-old Ridley Park man stole a cell phone valued at $699 and $150 in cash from two victims, according to State Police. A warrant was issued for the man's arrest.

Theft-Fraud/Forgery—reported on June 26. State Police investigated a case where the victim wrote a $1,240 check to an unknown person for legal services promised to the victim for his financial assistance. The unknown person told the victim he had been selected to enjoy low fees for the family trust fund that was set up in his name and advised the victim that in order to be eligible for the low investment rates abroad he needed to mail a check to an address in Panama City, Panama, according to State Police. The victim was told the check was needed to cover legal fees to initiate the trust fund account, according to State Police. When the victim became aware of the scam, he contacted his lawyer and police. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Trooper Shehu at 484-840-1000.

Bad Checks—Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union on May 2. Charges of bad checks, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property were filed against Dominque Swiney, 21, of Claymont, Del. in District Court 32-2-48. Swiney deposited two fraudulent checks into her shared bank account and then later withdrew the funds, according to State Police. After she withdrew the money the bank determined that the checks had been fraudulent and Swiney did not repay the money to the bank, according to State Police.


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