Burglaries Rose In Lower Merion In 2013

Location of Lower Merion Township in Montgomer...

Location of Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The number of burglaries in Lower Merion Township rose in 2013 for the third straight year and last year’s tally was the highest in the last decade.

Still, earlier history offers one point of comfort: At least it’s not 1980.

Year-end statistics released this week by Lower Merion police show that 256 residential and commercial burglaries occurred within the township’s 24 square miles in 2013. That’s up from 2012, when there were 195 burglaries and from 2011′s total of 185.

“We feel the current increase is drug-fueled,” police superintendent Michael J. McGrath said. Many burglars, he said, sell what they steal for money to buy drugs.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140110_Burglaries_rose_in_Lower_Merion_is_2013.html#1hJOZKUImXzmt0Ms.99

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Flower & Craft Warehouse In Blue Ball Closing

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flower & Craft Warehouse, which draws thousands of shoppers from across the region, is closing.

The sizable Blue Ball store, established in 1991, is seeking a license from East Earl Township to hold a going-out-of-business sale.

“They’re definitely closing,” said Connie Gross, the township’s secretary-treasurer and office manager. “Their verbiage to us was, ‘This is it.’ “

According to Gross, the 196 Broad Street store first contacted the township for a license about two weeks ago.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/833836_Flower—Craft-Warehouse-in-Blue-Ball-closing.html#ixzz2PbPwKHff

Robbers Allegedly Hammer Way To Rolexes At Philly Premium Outlets

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LIMERICK TOWNSHIP, PA — Three men allegedly used hammers to smash their way to Rolex watches at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets Saturday night while the store was open for business.

Amin Shabazz, Brian M. Sheed and Willie Hawkins Smith, all 21 and from Philadelphia, were taken into custody after reportedly leading police on a chase that crossed into Chester County and allegedly dumping the items they stole.

Roughly $64,000 in Rolex watches and jewelry was taken from Ultra Diamonds Saturday night when the Limerick Police said three men armed with a hammer and wearing bandannas entered around 7:45 p.m.

The robbers allegedly smashed a glass display case with the hammer, took watches and jewelry, placed them in a bag and fled to a red Buick.  The car was then seen heading to Route 422.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20121104/NEWS01/121109804/robbers-allegedly-hammer-way-to-rolexes-at-philly-premium-outlets&pager=full_story