Car Windows Smashed, Purses Stolen at Adath Israel, Police Say

Two purses were taken, and a third victim scared the thief off, police said.

A man smashed the windows of three cars and stole purses left inside two before getting scared off by a witness at Adath Israel last Thursday, Lower Merion police said.

Police responded to Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Rd. in Merion Station, at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 on report of a theft in progress.  On arriving, the caller told police she had arrived at the temple at 9 a.m. to drop her child off at school, according to the report.

She parked in the rear parking lot, locked her car and went inside briefly. When she exited the building, she saw a man breaking her driver’s side window, police said. The woman began to yell at the man, who fled in a light blue van, last seen traveling on N Highland Road, according to the report.

The caller had no reported loss besides the damaged window, but two other vehicles in the parking lot had windows smashed out and purses stolen, according to police. One was valued at $500 and the other at $1,450, police said. 

Based on the information provided by two witnesses, the suspect is described as a heavy-set black male with facial hair, wearing all black and a black knit cap at the time of the incident. He was driving a light blue Town and Country van, possibly with a newer style New York license plate, according to the police report.

Mr. Wynnewood January 30, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I agree - everyone has to be careful about leaving valuables in their cars. And don't forget to lock your cars. However, I have another question - where is the LMPD? I live in Wynnewood and self employed. I'm also a walker; at LEAST an hour in the morning and at LEAST an hour in the evening. I never, EVER, see patrol cars patrolling neighborhoods. They're either cruising up and down Montgomery or Lancaster, or, idling in the Wynnewood train station parking lot, or in the lot behind Staples. (But God forbid one of your headlights are out - then they make their presence known) Guess what? The break-ins and muggings don't happen on Montgomery or Lancaster. It's my understanding that LMPD has, or will discontinue the bike patrols. Why? If LMPD doesn't want to "patrol" Lower Merion's neighborhoods then perhaps they can turn their "patrol" cars over to volunteers..........and hoof it!!
Mr. Wynnewood January 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Hi Mildred I was speaking of the Staples on Montgomery, which is technically Penn Valley I guess. But you're right - the Giant parking lot is also extremely well-guarded!!! And whereas I don't underestimate the importance of rescuing people from being locked out of their cars I still think LMPD needs to put the "patrol" back into patrol car.


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