SANATOGA PA – Sometimes police work doesn’t involve an apprehension. Occasionally, there’s no arrest made, no charges filed, no hearing held.
In at least two recent cases and others in the past, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz has told the Board of Commissioners, officers and detectives spent weeks or months interviewing people and chasing leads without a news headline to show for it.
Take the allegations – made several months ago, Foltz explained to board members during their July 9 (2012) meeting – that a prostitution ring was operating within the township. His department looked into those claims, made against a specific local business, and determined they were “unfounded,” he said. The investigation was closed in June, without an arrest.
Investigators hadn’t wasted their time, though, Foltz added in his monthly report. The targeted business is supervised by a state regulatory agency, and it subsequently ordered changes in the business’ advertising campaigns that may have led the public to believe it was doing something illegal.
Then there’s the report of an alleged rape that was said to have been committed June 23 (2012) at the Days Inn on Industrial Highway. Detective Joseph Campbell worked that case, Foltz said, also now completed. Criminal charges were not filed, he noted, due in part to Campbell’s findings and a decision by the complainant not to pursue the matter further.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ meeting of July 9):
- In Two Police Cases, Weeks Of Work But No Arrests
- Township Click-It-Or-Ticket Effort Results In 34 Citations
- Township Hopes Training Ends Harassment Complaint
- ‘Acting’ Title Gone; Foltz Now Township’s Police Chief
- Foltz Promotion Due When Commissioners Meet Tonight
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