WILKES-BARRE — Although residents at a council meeting expressed disbelief at Mayor Tom Leighton’s comment crime is down in the city, statistics are on his side.
Data from the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System showed a 5.06 percent decrease in known offenses in a year-to-year comparison as of Friday.
Leighton attributed the public’s perception of increased crime to officers making more arrests, and again the reporting system supports him. There were 811 total arrests as of Friday compared to 798 for June 14, 2012.
The offense and arrest totals do not match up because arrests have yet to be made in many of the reported crimes.
These just get better! For some unknown reason, a 41-year-old Wilkes-Barre man shot a toilet, inside of a Wilkes-Barre bar, at 12:36 a.m on Tuesday morning. Was the toilet armed and dangerous? Maybe he thought it was big game and wanted a trophy for the wall?
In any event that’s not the end of this stupid story. The toilet-shooting pistol was stolen from the Edwardsville Police Department. A 34-year-old Wilkes-Barre woman was also involved and arrested along with the “shooter”.
The elephant in the room here is how did a pistol get stolen from a police department and end up in the possession of two people who have no license and no business possessing one?
Hopefully the Edwardsville Police Department is conducting an investigation on how this happened and will hopefully put protocols in place to keep anymore drunks from getting pistols and firing them…..just sayin’,,,