Press Release: July 8, 2013
At approximately 1347 hrs on Monday, 07/01/13 a Lower Moreland Police Officer stopped a light blue Honda Odyssey minivan traveling west on Sunflower Way from the area of Clover Road. The Honda was observed to have New Jersey inspection stickers with a PA registration plate, PA JHT0899. The occupants were unable to provide a legitimate reason for being present in this neighborhood and their stories changed several times.
A police scanner was located inside the vehicle and it was set to the Lower Moreland frequency and actively scanning other nearby jurisdictions. Criminal history and NCIC/PCIC checks were conducted on all three occupants. All three were found to have extensive criminal histories including burglaries, robberies, gun charges and violent crimes.
Further information was developed which revealed the three males are possible persons of interest related to home invasion robberies/burglaries of business owners of Asian descent. It is possible the three males were actively casing a potential target home.
The Lower Moreland Police Department believes it is important to keep our citizens aware so they may stay on alert for potential issues occurring in their neighborhood. If these subjects, vehicle, or any other suspicious activity is observed in the area, do not make contact with them and please contact 911 immediately.
Press Release: June 19, 2013
The Lower Moreland Township Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public's assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery today of the Wells Fargo Bank brance located at 2560 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.
At approximately 9:32 a.m., the subject entered the bank and made a verbal demand to a teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot, heading west on Fetters Mill Road.
The subject is described as a light-complected black male, approximately 5'6" - 5'11' tall, medium build; he wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with the word "NIKE" and the "swoosh" logo in black across the front, black sweatpants, black gloves, and a white mask or scarf across his face.
This subject is believed also to be responsible for the armed robberies of a Sovereign Bank branch in Cheltenham Township on June 13 and May 28, a Wells Fargo Bank brance in Northeast Philadelphia on May 23, and a PNC Bank branch in Philadelphia's Mayfair section on May 15.
The subject is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about this subject or this robbery is urged to call the Lower Moreland Township Police Department at 215-947-3132 or the FBI at 215-641-8910. There may be a reward for information leading to this subject's capture; tipsters can remain anonymous.
Press Release: April 3, 2013
Click Here to view the press release regarding recent arrests made for a May 2012 home invasion.
Press Release: May 22, 2013
At 7:33 AM on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Lower Moreland Police were dispatched to the SEPTA train tracks north of Tomlinson Road for a report of a pedestrian struck by a train. Initial investigation found that a male had stepped in front of a northbound passenger train in an apparent suicide. Identification of the male is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
SEPTA police and the Montgomery County Coroner's office also responded to the scene. Investigation of the incident is continuing.
Press Release: February 22, 2013
On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1445 Hrs, a white male with a medium complexion, was discovered in the home of a female resident.
The female in her early 80’s heard a knock at her front door at approx 1445 hrs. When she got to the door she did not notice anyone there.
She noticed the rear of a white truck, possibly a box truck, in her driveway. She could not see the whole vehicle. When she closed the front door she heard someone walking into her kitchen from the side door. When she got to her kitchen she found a male standing there.
She described the male as white with an olive complexion, with a medium build, about 5’10”. He may have been in his 30’s with no facial hair. He had on a gray jacket and blue jeans’ and black cloth gloves. He identified himself as “Joe Patino” from the “Water Department.”
The male said the water company had been working outside her home in the morning and struck a pipe and may have contaminated her water.
The male turned on the water at her Kitchen sink and asked where her bathroom was. She showed him where the bathroom was. In the bathroom he turned on the water in the sink and asked the homeowner to sit there and watch the water and see if it turns green. She did, but when she saw the suspect walk toward her bedroom she left the bathroom and saw him placing items in a white cloth bag or maybe a pillow case. At that point she asked the suspect for identification and he said he would get it from his truck.
Jewelry was taken as well as cash from her purse. The homeowner stated all the jewelry which was stolen was costume jewelry and valued it at $300.00
There was a similar incident on Sat February 9, at 1241 hrs, in the 400 block of Welsh Rd. The suspicious male identified himself as working for the Township and needed to check the water in the home. The description of the male was similar. The suspicious male never entered the home. No vehicle was seen.
Anyone with any information or similar cases please contact the Lower Moreland Police 215-947-3132.