Cops Thwart Man Carting Off Cart

Elderly man takes shopping cart on a joyride down Ridge, Trooper roads.

[update - 1-15-13]

Lower Providence Police provided further details in the incident, repoting that the person involved with the removal of the shopping cart off the Acme property had the intention of returning the cart after he had used it to transport his groceries home. Upon learning the man's intentions, police say that the Acme manager decided not to pursue theft or related charges in the cart removal.


[update 1-11-13]

Lower Providence Police reported on Lower Providence Patch Facebook that the shopping cart suspect was not arrested for the incident. The cart was also said to have been returned to Acme Markets.


[original story below]

Three Lower Providence police patrol cars converged on the unit block of Trooper Road late Wednesday afternoon in response to a "theft in progress" call from the Acme Markets, located at 2775 W. Ridge Pike, in the township.

The haul? A shopping cart.

The suspect, an elderly-looking man, was stopped on foot in the driveway of a home at 24 N. Trooper Road.

Cops were interviewing neighbors and witnesses at the scene. Traffic was directed around the police vehicles but was not fully stopped along Trooper Road.

A full report will be available shortly, and Patch will update this story as more informaiton becomes available. The man is in custody and no further diversion of traffic is expected.

BANKER0917 January 10, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Thank you Sue for your comment as it was never stated that their were items in the cart or not. ACME, really ?? Can't wait for all the ACMEs to finally CLOSE !!
Roy Martin January 27, 2013 at 09:32 PM
The Acme's been overcharging people for years! Let the whole chain go bankrupt! Giant Supermarkets ROCK!!!
james h February 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM
The cop's have nothing better to do than pull over elderly people with a shopping cart. Three cop car's for a elderly man with a shopping cart. LP should be embarressed.
Sue March 04, 2013 at 01:09 PM
In response to the update on 1/15: Gee, what a humanitarian that manager is? Why would he call the police in the first place? Did he not see that the man was older and that he had groceries in the cart? I could see if he was clearly running away with it screaming, 'YAY! I got a cart!' but anyone would see that he was only taking the stuff that he bought home! If I were this man, I wouldn't shop at Acme again! I hope he has someone that is able to drive him to a store in the future! I am glad that he didn't have a heart attack when all those police cars surrounded him! Have more compassion Acme!
maria g April 10, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I know that elderly man although he is a bit quirk he has never stolen anything in his 97 years of life. He doesn't drive but enjoys a short walk to the grocery store to give him a sense of independence in which he uses there carts to help with his traveling and transporting of Acme goods. He has been doing this for years and there has never been a problem up until this point. Really Acme I am very disappointed and will nerve shop there again.


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