SANATOGA PA – A juvenile male, whose name and address apparently are being withheld because of his age, has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged car jacking that occurred Friday night (July 31, 2015) at about 11 in the parking lot of Cutillo’s Restaurant, 2688 E. High St., Lower Pottsgrove police reported.
The male, armed with a handgun, confronted the car’s female driver “as she exited the facility,” the department reported in a status item on its Facebook page. He stole her car and fled, police allege, and officers were called in to investigate. One of their first duties was to issue a “be-on-the-lookout” (BOLO) alert to departments in neighboring municipalities, asking them to watch for the vehicle.
That got results.
Among those on the lookout were officers in Upper Merion Township, and specifically its Sgt. Declan Coyle. The car was spotted and recovered “shortly thereafter,” Lower Pottsgrove said, and the alleged carjacker “was taken into custody.” It added that Coyle, who participated in the arrest and with whom members of the department are very familiar, “again assisted our agency in a successful apprehension of a felon.”
Almost two years ago to the day (Aug. 5, 2013), Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz honored Coyle with a departmental commendation for “his exceptional actions” in following a trio of men suspected of robbing the National Penn Bank at South Sunnybrook Road, even though he was off-duty at the time. Coyle heard about the incident on his radio, spotted and chased the get-away car, and kept other police informed of his actions.
The bad guys in that otherwise unrelated incident got jail sentences for what Foltz at the time described as “a violent takeover of the bank, employees and several customers.”
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