Auto theft suspects nabbed

Two males suspected of stealing two vehicles in Erdenheim and attempting to steal one in Oreland were apprehended Aug. 21 following a four-hour foot pursuit including officers from five police departments.

Police received a call at 4 a.m. of two males attempting to steal a vehicle in the 500 block of Drayton Road, Oreland, and began responding to numerous continuous reports of the males being cited in the area of Drayton, Enfield and Kingston roads, apparently fleeing from the police, Springfield police said.

Around 5:30 a.m., an officer took custody of one suspect, Dariaon Riley, 19, of the 5900 block of North 20th Street, Philadelphia, following a foot pursuit at Drayton and Barclay roads, police said.

At the same time, while looking for the second male in the area of Oreland Mill and Paper Mill roads, police received a report that two cars were stolen at a home in the 800 block of Longfield Road, Erdenheim, police said. Change was also reported stolen from numerous unlocked vehicles on Chesney Lane, Terminal Avenue and Glendalough Road, Erdenheim, police said.

Officers from Cheltenham, Whitemarsh, Jenkintown and later Upper Dublin joined in the pursuit, along with a Whitemarsh K9 unit, during which the two stolen vehicles were recovered in the 500 block of Oreland Mill, police said.

Foot pursuits to apprehend the second male spread into the 500 block of Lorraine Avenue and the 500 block of Willow Avenue, and around 9:30 a.m., the suspect, a 17-year-old Philadelphia male, was located in a shed at the rear of St. Philip’s Church in the 300 block of Oreland Mill Road, and taken into custody without incident, police said.

Riley was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night and corruption of minors. He was arraigned and taken to Montgomery County Prison.

The youth, who at one point apparently entered an unlocked attached garage to a home in the 500 block of Oreland Mill, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night, theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespass and burglary, police said. He was taken to the Montgomery County Youth Center to await adjudication.

Upper Dublin

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF — The porta-potty at the Loch Alsh reservoir in the 700 block of Loch Alsh Avenue was found flipped over, with its contents leaking into the parking lot, around midnight Aug. 20, police said. Juveniles had been seen in the area, but it was checked with negative results, police said.

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