Township Appeals For Help At Days Inn

Chief Michael Foltz (at front) during a township commissioners’ meeting, and the Days Inn on Industrial Highway (inset)

SANATOGA PA – The Days Inn-franchised hotel at 1600 Industrial Hwy. has become a site of increasing criminal activity in Lower Pottsgrove, and an increasing crime management problem for Police Chief Michael Foltz and the township department, he said Monday (May 2, 2016). He’s asked both the franchise’s corporate leadership and local managers for help.

Foltz last month sent what he described as a “confidential” letter to executives at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, the hotel chain’s owner, outlining what he told the Board of Commissioners were “considerable” problems at the four-story lodging complex just off U.S. Route 422 at the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange. Copies of the letter were distributed to board members but not publicly released.

The chief said his letter asked the corporation for more communication “on developing a plan to improve the property and decrease criminal activity.” He said he has also solicited the help of the hotel’s local management, and has pressed township Codes Enforcement Officer Joe Groff into service to ensure the property continues to meet municipal standards.

The department has increased its patrols in the area, Foltz reported, and has responded to what he said were a growing number of incidents there that resulted in arrests. Some involved drug use or sales, persons wanted on outstanding warrants, armed robbery, and a variety of other offenses, he noted.

Commissioner Earl Swavely, the former police chief of West Pottsgrove, asked if the problems could be specifically linked to visitors from either inside or beyond the township borders. “They’re both local and out of town,” Foltz replied.

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