In East Greenville, Four Turn A Sunday Upside-Down

SKIPPACK PA – Sundays are considered by some as days for quiet contemplation or peaceful leisure. Apparently that wasn’t the case May 16 at 3:20 a.m. in Kistler Bitting Park (above), 1348 Tagart Rd., East Greenville. According to a report from the Troop K Skippack barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police, four “unknown actors” upended a variety of items there.

Video surveillance footage shows the foursome – their sex and approximate ages were not provided in the troop’s latest public information release – entered the park and proceeded to overturn five sets of bleachers, three picnic tables, and three trash cans.

Whether they were purposely careful or just lucky isn’t known, but troopers reported “there was no damage to the items; they were just flipped over.”

Anyone with information about the incident, or who may know one or more of the persons involved in this alleged disorderly conduct, are asked to call the state police at 610-584-1250.

Also, according to reports released Saturday (May 22) from the Skippack barracks:

Alcohol-Related Offenses

A 38-year-old Lansdale resident was arrested Friday (May 21, 2021) at 11:10 p.m. on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. Troopers said they stopped the man, who was operating a 2010-model Honda Accord at the intersection of Wentz Church and Morris roads in Worcester Township, for several observed traffic violations. A determination of his status apparently occurred during their investigation, which is said to be continuing.

Troopers determined a 16-year-old female, who is a Pennsburg resident and Upper Perkiomen High School student, was in possession Friday (May 21) at 1:47 p.m. of alcoholic beverages on school grounds at the Walt Road campus. She was issued a non-traffic citation and is scheduled to respond on a future date in the Red Hill courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Maureen C. Coggins.

Identity Thefts

A 56-year-old Skippack Township resident is the victim of an identity theft, state police said Friday (May 21), in which an unknown individual allegedly relied upon illegally accessed information to file for Pennsylvania unemployment compensation benefits using the victim’s name.

The victim is currently employed.

In fact, that’s how the crime was discovered, troopers explained. The employer’s human resources department called to ask what was going on, wondering why any claim had been entered since the victim was still on the job. The employer has been assured the filing was not made by the victim.

The fraud has been reported to unemployment benefits officials, and to the Office of the Inspector General, according to the troopers’ report. So far, it added, “there are no investigative leads in this matter.”

Sadly, that victim is not alone.

Troopers earlier (on May 12, Wednesday) said they investigated similar circumstances involving a 59-year-old Upper Hanover Township resident. An unknown individual applied, using the victim’s information, for state unemployment benefits. That victim is also employed, and also received a call from the employer’s perplexed human resources representative. That victim didn’t file a claim either.

Although the state agency and the inspector general have been alerted about this case as well, state police acknowledge they currently lack leads to pursue.

Motor Vehicle Accident

Drivers from Limerick and Collegeville were involved May 10 (Monday) at 7:30 a.m. in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Schwenksville and Old Skippack roads in Upper Salford Township. No injuries were reported, according to the state police.

One vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Express, sustained functional damage and was able to be driven from the scene. The other vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, sustained disabling damage and had to be towed away.

Troopers said the Express had halted at the stop sign on Schwenksville Road, and sought to cross Old Skippack Road and continue northbound on Shelly Road. The crash occurred when the Express began traveling into the intersection as the Silverado was moving westbound on Old Skippack Road. After the impact, troopers said the Express came to rest at the southeast corner of the intersection, and the Silverado ended up in the intersection on the westbound lane.

Their report also indicated the driver of the Express was charged with a stop sign violation.

July 2019 photo of Kistler Bitting Park via Google StreetView