February 20th, 2013
02/19/2013 – At about 2045 hours, Christopher M. SMITH, male, age 38, was arrested with minor incident by the Tilden Township Police Department at a friend’s residence in the 1500 Block of Hex Highway after he allegedly violated the terms of a Berks County Protection from Abuse order in the unit block of Willow Road around 1910 hours at the residence of the female victim (name withheld), age 30.
He was taken to the Berks County Central Processing Center where he was turned over to deputies.
February 12th, 2013
A Tilden Township resident reported to township police that the resident had been contacted by a person identifying himself as Attorney David Smith. The male had an Indian accent. The male advised the resident that she was going to be arrested the next day at her work. The male then told the resident that they know where she works. They stated her place of employment and stated her social security number. He then disconnected the call.
This is similar to other scams where they advise a potential victim that there is some sort of legal trouble and that they can pay a fee to resolve it.
While the resident was making the report, her cellular phone rang and it showed the number “911″. The cellular phone was put on speaker phone. A female with an Indian accent identified herself with an office and gave a badge number. She was looking for the resident. When Township Police advised the caller that they knew this was a scam, the caller hung up.
Police called the number provided by the Attorney David Smith, 818-408-8912. A female in an Indian accent answered “Department of Legal Services. Investigative Division” The Police were told they were being transferred to Attorney Alex Watson, who would explain everything. The call was disconnected before any transfer was made.
An internet search for that phone number, 818-408-8912, reveals multiple scam alerts and mentions the name Alex Watson.
Scam artists can use readily available computer services and/or phone cards to fake their caller identification. This is known as Caller ID Spoofing.
Residents are encouraged to verify all information they are told by phone from any person, agency or business. When in doubt, call the agency or business yourself to attempt to verify the information.
February 5th, 2013
Phone Scam Alert: A business in Tilden Township received multiple calls on 02/05/2013 and 01/07/2013 from a male with a foreign accent, possibly Indian. The male kept asking for a particular employee who no longer worked at the business. If the business hung up on the male, he would keep calling back.
A phone call was placed to this male by police. The male advised that the employee at the business had a lawsuit and had failed to pay fees to “the company.” However, he never identified the company name.
The phone number that showed up on the caller ID was (616) 884-9415, which is Michigan area code and prefix.
An internet search of that phone number produces similar stories on various scam related websites.
Residents and business employees are encouraged to verify all information they are told by phone from any person, agency or business. When in doubt, call the agency or business yourself to attempt to verify the information.
January 23rd, 2013
Phone Scam Alert: A restaurant in Tilden Township received a phone call on 01/23/2013 around 1545 hours from a male with a foreign accent, possibly Indian. The male claimed to be from the “State Health Department” and advised the restaurant manager that an inspection was being done the next day. However, before the inspection could proceed, the manager was requested to give her personal cell phone number so that the State Health Department could call her back with an “Inspection ID Number.”
When the manager refused, she was told that she could be fined $500 for the refusal to cooperate. She insisted on getting the caller’s name so that she could call the PA Department of Health herself and verify if the call was legitimate. The male refused and stated that he was going to put his supervisor on the line. Another male with an Indian accent came on the line and began swearing at the manager. He then asked her if she was married or single. The call was disconnected.
The phone number that showed up on the caller ID was (760) 705-8888 which is a California area code and prefix.
Residents and business employees are encouraged to verify all information they are told over the phone by any agency. When in doubt, call the agency yourself to verify information.
January 4th, 2013
Hill Drive is closed between 56 Hill Drive (just north of the Westy) through 144 Hill Drive (just south of the sharp curve). The road is closed for sewer work and is not expected to re-open for two months.
December 26th, 2012
PennDOT has dropped the speed limit to 45mph on I-78, I-80 and I-81.
Source: Reading Eagle on Facebook
December 26th, 2012
On 12-26-2012 at about 1105 hours, a 17 YOM actor stopped along Pine Road in the unit block. The actor walked onto a farm property and picked up a goat. The actor put the goat in the pickup truck he as operating. The actor then left the area in his truck.
The goat breed is Fainting. The goat has an estimated value of $150.
The victim observed the theft and immediately reported it to police. The victim also suggested to police that the suspect may have been taking it to the Leesport Farmer’s Market to the livestock auction.
Tilden Township Police and the victim traveled separately to the Leesport Farmer’s Market. The victim found his goat along with the suspect. Tilden Township Police and Northern Berks Regional Police were advised to meet the victim in the area of the livestock auction.
The goat was recovered and returned to the victim. The actor is from Shartlesville, PA.
Theft and related charges will be filed against the juvenile through the Berks County Juvenile Probation Office.
December 24th, 2012
Tilden Township Police are investigating a hit & run crash, which occurred on 12-24-2012 at about 1830 hours, involving a light blue 1994 Oldsmobile sedan, which impacted with a telephone pole and mailbox at 6 Berne Road. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a white male, partially bald, fled the scene on foot. The vehicle was impounded by police.
The crash is under investigation.
Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.
November 26th, 2012
Assault at Westy Bar & Grill, 279 West State Street, Tilden Township.
A victim, male, age 32, name withheld at this time, reported on 11/26/2012 to township police that on 11/22/2012 at about 0130 hours, he was assaulted multiple times by three to four white males, 20 to 30 years of age, on the rear porch of the Westy Bar & Grill, Tilden Township. It is believed that the male actors had been inside the establisment earlier that date.
Anyone with any information concerning the above assault is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.
November 2nd, 2012
HAMBURG AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN TODAY (11/2/12) FROM 3:30 TO 5:30, IF YOU HAVE NO ELECTRIC AND WOULD LIKE A HOT SHOWER. PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS ON THE PREMISES.