It was just two weeks ago that an elderly Hatfield Township woman was scammed out 3700-dollar by a ruse that suggested her grandson was in trouble in Spain. She Sent the money and now it’s gone. Could the same scam artists be at work in a case involving an elderly couple from Towamencin Township. Dorothy and Richard Kirchman tell police a man called their home on June 20th saying he was their grandson, a tell-tale sign of the Hatfield case. The man told The woman he was in trouble with Peruvian authorities and needed money. The Kirchmans, fearing for the welfare of their grandson, wired payments of 66-hundred dollars to the U-S embassy in Lima,the phone number provided by an alleged friend of their grandson, but the number was traced to Canada. They promised the Kirchman’s that at some point that would get 14-thousand dollars back. Somehow the scammers were able to determine that the couples grandson, a New Jersey resident, was not home. It’s possible the scammers used a social networking site and a search engine to obtain information. Towamencin Township Police Chief Paul Dickenson says it’s difficult to make arrests because the scammers are calling from outside the country.
An Upper Gwynedd veterinarian being held on charges of murdering his pregnant girlfriend will get more time to present his case through his attorneys. Judge Robert Steinberg granted the attorneys representing David Rapoport, who is accused of killing his girlfriend, another month for pre-trial motions. Rapoport, 30 years old and married at the time of the killing, was arrested on March 22nd in connection with shooting 27-year-old Jennifer Snyder. Her body was found four days later in a nature preserve near Allentown. Rapoport faces the death penalty if he’s found guilty. Attorneys have been given until September 1st to file motions.
Police in several jurisdictions across three counties now know the perpetrator of a host of armed robberies and a car theft. Police arrested 18-year-old Adam David in connection with robberies in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties. David was arrested August 4th at the Coventry Mall. David allegedly robbed the Kiwi Yogurt Store on Plaza Drive in Upper Providence on July 30th, stole a car on July 22nd and robbed a Dominos pizza in Radnor, Delaware County on August 3rd. Prosecutors say David used BB guns to carry out the robberies. David faces a long list of charges, including charges of robbery, burglary and endangering other persons. David, from South Coventry, is being held in jail pending a bail hearing.
A package spotted near commuter rail lines in Lansdale puts a halt to train service. Lansdale police were called to the Pennbrook station shortly before six Thursday evening when a conductor saw a package near the tracks. All outbound and in-bound service was immediately brought to a standstill until police could arrive. Lansdale and septa police, along with the Montgomery county bomb squad responded the Pennbrook station. The package was destroyed by the bomb squad just before 8pm. Upon further examination, it was determined that the package did not contain explosive materials. The package was wedged against the outside of a rail.