January 9th, 2015
Tilden Township Police were made aware by a resident of another phone scam in the area.
The caller identified himself as Steve Martin and gave the phone number to return his call as (510) 423-5700, which was will also the number shown up on caller ID. He spoke with an obvious accent, maybe Middle or Far Eastern. He stated that ignoring the message would be a second attempt to avoid enforcement action by the US Treasury, a federal offense, and that the resident would have to appear before a grand jury or magistrate. He went on to say he’d like the resident to cooperate with him to help him help the resident. The message seemed like it was prerecorded since it repeated 3 times in each message and sounded identical.
Anyone legitimately needing to deal with the US Treasury can contact them at (202) 622-2000.
November 25th, 2014
Persons living on Lincoln Dr, Yoder St, Ruth St, Marion St, Kathryn St, Carl St, Hazel St, Moonlight Dr, Sunrise Dr, Sunset Dr, Rainbow Dr, or West State St, please remove all your vehicle’s from the street by 7am, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
This enables our road crew to more efficiently remove snow from the roadway in certain areas.
The Township appreciates your cooperation. Thank you.
November 21st, 2014
The Tilden Township Police Department was made aware of a phone scam whereby residents were called using an automated system with a female voice. The message states “Return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My officer Julie Smith from Internal Revenue Service and the hotline to my division is (585) 364-6540. I repeat it’s (585) 364-6540. Don’t disregard this message and do return the call before we take any action against you. Goodbye and take care.” The call will originate out of Fairport, New York.
Never give out any personal or financial information over the phone for these types of scams.
Residents needing to contact the IRS, should go to www.irs.gov where they can find a phone number to their local IRS office.
November 10th, 2014
River Road at Fisher Dam road, which has been closed since May 27, 2014 and that was due to be open at project completion around November 17, 2014, will continue to be closed until about May 2015 due to project hurdles. Traffic will be directed around the work area via a posted detour route.
November 10th, 2014
Between 10/01/2014 and 10/09/2014, Husband and Wife, 64 and 52 respectively, residents of Tilden Township, were contacted by Worldwide Resort Exchange, based out of Lake Mary, Florida. The victims owned a timeshare with another company. Worldwide Resort Exchange offered to help the victims rent their timeshare for profit.
The victims were told that they had to pay some upfront costs in order to get the process started. The victims wired around $3200 as instructed. The victims were contacted a week later and told to wire around $7000 for additional fees. The victims did as instructed. The wired money was sent to a bank in Charlotte, North Carolina.
When the victims were contacted a third time to send an additional $5000, they refused to send more money. Worldwide Resort Exchange phone representatives attempted to intimidate and harass the victims to send more money. The victims then filed a police report.
An Internet search for Worldwide Resort Exchange will reveal multiple complaints for consumer fraud, as well as investigations by the Attorney General’s office in Florida.
Residents should thoroughly investigate any company they do business with. When in doubt, contact the Better Business Bureau, use the Internet for research or even ask an attorney to investigate.
This investigation is ongoing.
November 3rd, 2014
The Tilden Township Police Department was provided a medication drop box by the Berks County District Attorney’s office as part of the Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program.
Tilden Township residents may now drop off unwanted medications at the Tilden Township Municipal Building, 874 Hex Highway, first floor lobby, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.
Prescription medications in standard container or sealed bag.
Over the counter medications
Liquid medications in plastic, leak proof containers
Bloody or infectious waste
Medication from businesses
Hydrogen peroxide or other cleaning agents
Aerosol cans & inhalers
May 27th, 2014
River Road at Fisher Dam road will be closed from May 27, 2014 until project completion on or about November 17, 2014. Traffic will be directed around the work area via a posted detour route.
October 5th, 2013
On 10/04/2013 at about 1700 hours, Tilden Township Police received a phone tip that Justin Alan STOUT, male, age 36, Athens, Georgia, was at a relative’s residence in the 700 block of Second Street Ext and that he had a warrant for his arrest. A check revealed that he had a probation violation warrant from Georgia for an original charge of felony aggravated assault.
He was taken into custody without incident at the above location as he arrived with a relative. He was transported to Berks County Central Processing and turned over to deputies to await the extradition process back to Georgia.
Hamburg Borough Police assisted on scene.
October 4th, 2013
On 10/04/2013 at 0307 hours, the Hamburg Fire Company was dispatched to the 2500 Block of Mountain Road, Tilden Township, for a report of a mailbox on fire. The fire was extinguished by fire members. The mailbox was completely destroyed. Damage is valued at less than $100.
Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001 or Berks County Crime Alert at 877-373-9913.
August 27th, 2013
On 08/27/2013 at about 0951 hours, Tilden Township Police were dispatched to the Tilden Township Police Department to meet with a resident who had found an object in his driveway that he believed to be a bomb. The object was packaged in a zip lock bag with papers about joining the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The resident picked up the bag and drove it to the police station. He left the object in his vehicle.
Upon arrival, the responding officer evacuated the township building and blocked off the area with the assistance of a Berks County Sheriff’s Deputy K9 unit. The Reading City Police Department Bomb Squad was dispatched to the scene to evaluate the object. The object was determined to be cat litter in cylindrical shaped aluminum foil, which was most likely used to weigh the bags down so they did not blow away.
There were no threats or mentions of a bomb in the papers included in the bags. The bags were distributed in the driveways of about a dozen residences in the 2100 to 2400 blocks of Mountain Road, Tilden Township.