September 20th, 2012
Daytime Burglary, Forced Entry
Victim1: Dale E Dougherty, male, age 50, 2700 block of Mountain Road, Hamburg
Victim2: Carla J Dougherty, female, age 49, 2700 block of Mountain Road, Hamburg
On 09/20/2012 between 0800 and 1735 hours, unknown actor(s) forced entry into the DOUGHERTY residence in the 2700 block of Mountain Road. Once inside, the actor(s) removed an unspecified amount of cash an unspecified amount of jewelry.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001. Anyone seeing anything or anyone suspicious in their neighborhood should call 911 to report it immediately.
September 12th, 2012
“In an effort to help reduce crime and further strengthen local community oriented policing efforts, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office recently went live at CrimeMapping.com. CrimeMapping.com is a nationwide public mapping service that allows residents to analyze interactive maps of recent crime activity. Visitors to the site can generate reports, search by location and filter for different time periods as well as crime types. Keeping the public well informed has been proven effective as a crime fighting strategy.”
August 24th, 2012
An Apple iPod Nano was taken from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of Possum road overnight and a semi-automatic handgun was taken from an unlocked vehicle in the unit block of Dogwood Road overnight. Residents are encouraged to lock their vehicles at all times even in their own driveways.
July 23rd, 2012
Citation filed against restaurant owner for refusing entry to male with service dog
On 07/10/2012 at about 1500 hours, Eric J. SLOAN entered the J.A. Shao Buffet, 1752 Tilden Ridge Drive, Hamburg, PA for the purposes of eating a meal. The victim entered the establishment with his three year old service dog, “Rocky”. Although not required by law, Rocky was wearing identification that stated he was a “service dog”. SLOAN was waiting in the vestibule area to be seated when he was approached by Qui F. WANG, the establishment’s owner. WANG advised SLOAN that he was not allowed to have a dog inside the business. She advised SLOAN to leave with the dog. SLOAN attempted to explain to WANG that the dog was a service dog. WANG advised him to leave multiple times or she would call the police.
SLOAN left the establishment and called police once outside. Tilden Township Police responded to the scene and spoke with both parties involved. An officer attempted to mediate the situation. WANG advised a Tilden Township Police Officer that the dog would not be allowed inside even after the officer advised her it was against the law.
SLOAN is a disabled veteran, having served in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps. SLOAN has provided documentation to the Tilden Township Police Department concerning Rocky’s certification and training.
On 07/23/2012, Tilden Township Police filed a summary non-traffic citation against WANG with MDJ Kim. L. Bagenstose, Hamburg, PA for one count of “Discrimination on account of guide, signal or service dog or other aid animal”, PA Title 18 §7325.
July 11th, 2012
Residents are encouraged to lock their property and vehicles!!
Our department has taken another seven reports for entry to unlocked vehicles in various areas of the township in the last 36 hours including vehicles that were entered by way of an unlocked garage.
Please report any suspicious activity immediately by either dialing 911 or dispatch at 610-655-4911.
July 2nd, 2012
July 2, 2012
Phone Scam Alert
The Tilden Township Police Department took a report from a township business this date [name omitted] regarding what appears to be a phone scam.
A male identifying himself as “Officer Edward Smith”, speaking with an Asian accent, called the business demanding to speak to an employee, claiming the employee owed money. If the employer did not put the employee on the phone right away, “Officer Smith”, who advised that he was a police officer, would come out to the business and arrest the employer.
The phone number that “Officer Smith” used was 717-610-4301. He also provided the number 717-610-4731 as a direct number. Calling the last number goes to a switchboard answered by a person with an Asian accent who then transfers the caller to another person with an Asian accent. A person at that number hung up when an investigating officer attempted to get further information on the company.
A search on the internet for these phone numbers revealed many search hits for warnings of possible phone scams including one from the Mechanicsburg Borough Police Department, PA.
Ultimately the goal of these people is to obtain credit card numbers by means of social engineering so that those credit cards may be used for fraudulent purposes.
Citizens are encouraged to not provide any personal or financial information over the phone. Any such incidents should be reported to police.
April 19th, 2012
On 04/18/2012 at 2033 hours, Tilden Township Police assisted by Hamburg Borough Police, arrested Michael A. SHAAK at his residence in the 1500 Block of Hex Highway on an arrest warrant for felony Bribery In Official and Political Matters and a summary Tilden Township Ordinance violation.
The arrest stems from an incident on 03/27/2012 at about 2012 hours SHAAK’s residence. Tilden Township Police were dispatched to the scene along with the Hamburg Fire Department to investigate a structure fire. Upon arrival, it was determined that no structure was on fire but that an uncontained fire was in the back yard in violation of a Tilden Township Ordinance. During a conversation between SHAAK and Tilden Township Police Officer Peter J. Witman, SHAAK allegedly offered Officer Witman one hundred dollars ($100) to not file charges for the ordinance violation.
SHAAK was transported by police to the Berks County Central Processing Center where he was turned over to Berks County Sheriff’s deputies. He arraigned by MDJ Richard A. Gatti and released in lieu of $5000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 04/30/2012.