Police Blotter: Knifepoint Robbery in Merion; Burglaries in Penn Wynne

The following information has been supplied by the Lower Merion Police Department. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

 reported to news media the following crimes and incidents from the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch area in the past week:


A pedestrian on Montgomery Avenue near Bowman Avenue in Merion was confronted about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 8 by a black male in his early 20s wielding a serrated knife, police said. The victim handed over his valuables and the suspect fled; a following investigation showed that the signal from the victim's phone was last tracked at 63rd Street and Lebanon Avenue in Philadelphia.

Auto theft

Another vehicle left running while the driver was inside a local establishment was stolen. An unlocked black Mercedes ML 350 SUV, with the ignition running, was stolen from Rittenhouse Place in Ardmore while its driver shopped about 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, police said. The driver thought the vehicle was locked, police were told.


About $30,000 worth of jewelry and watches was stolen from a home on the 1400 block of Dorset Lane in Penn Wynne, sometime on Dec. 7, after basement doors had been kicked in.


About $15,000 in jewelry was taken between 10 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 10 from a home on the first block of Henley Road in Penn Wynne after a rear door leading into the den was forced open, police said.


Copper piping was cut from the inside of an unoccupied house on the first block of Merion Road in Merion between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10, police said.


Overnight from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, unlocked vehicles on the 500 block and 200 block of Avon Road, the 400 block of Chichester Lane and 500 block of Merwyn Road in Merion were targeted by thieves, police said. A computer, MP3 player, cash, loose change and a wallet were among the items stolen.


A $500 money order was stolen from a vehicle on the 400 block of Owen Road in Merion about 10 p.m. on Dec. 11, police said.

Public intoxication

A 24-year-old man from the first block of Overbrook Parkway in Penn Wynne was arrested for public intoxication at  about 1:45 a.m. Dec. 7 on the first block of Rock Glen Road, police said.

Beth Ladenheim December 13, 2011 at 03:46 PM
We seriously need more police in Lower Merion!
Thomas J. Walsh December 13, 2011 at 09:48 PM
The FOP definitely is inclined to agree with you, Beth.
Adrian Seltzer December 15, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Sorry, but maybe they should spend less time looking for public drunkenness.


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