Retail Theft Tops Township August Violations List

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Arrests for retail theft, followed by those for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, led a list of criminal violations handled by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department during August 2022, according to a report provided Tuesday (Sept. 6) by Police Chief Richard Bell to the township Board of Commissioners.

Among a total of 42 criminal violations department officers dealt with last month, eight were for retail theft, followed by five for DUI, the report stated.

Other violations addressed by the department during August included:

  • Aggravated assault, drug offenses, and receiving stolen property, four each;
  • Accidents involving an attended vehicle, false identification, harassment, public drunkenness, reckless or careless driving, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault, two each; and
  • Criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, and theft, 1 each.

Officers arrested 18 adults during the month, and no juveniles were handled. Three individuals were subject to involuntary commitment, the report added.

Patrols Resume as Schools Reopen

As three Pottsgrove School District buildings within the township – Pottsgrove High School, and Lower Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementaries – re-opened Aug. 24 (Wednesday) for their first day of classes, the department also re-started periodic patrol efforts and emergency responses to those locations. Although specific sites are not mentioned, the report indicates officers were at district properties on:

  • Aug. 24 at 7:05 a.m. for a foot patrol;
  • Aug. 25 (Thursday) at 2:35 p.m. for a medical emergency; and
  • Aug. 29 (Monday) at 7 a.m. and again at 12:35 p.m. for foot patrols.
  • Additionally the department said it responded Aug. 2 (Tuesday) at 6:56 p.m., weeks before schools re-opened, for a complaint regarding an animal.

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