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.
March 21st, 2012
03/04/2012 1925 hours – Mark P. Driscoll, age 53, South End Ave, New York, NY, was arrested on suspicion of DUI by township police after he disabled his 2011 Mazda sedan by running it over a curb when driving in the parking lot of Red Robin, 125 Wilderness Trail, Tilden Township. Driscoll’s twelve (12) year old daughter was a passenger in the vehicle. The incident was called into dispatch by an off duty New Jersey police officer.
The driver arrived in the lot from another location and had not been in the Red Robin.
Charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Endangerment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child were filed on 03/14/2012 before MDJ Kim L. Bagenstose, Hamburg. Lab results show that Driscoll’s BAC on the night of the incident to be 0.304%.
A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 23, 2012.
March 21st, 2012
On 03/18/2012 about 1630 hours, management at the McDonald’s, 80 Wilderness Trail, Tilden Township, Berks County, PA, reported to Tilden Township Police that a male had exposed himself to the above victim, who was an employee working one of the drive-thru windows. The male, who had been in the drive-thru to purchase food, was not on scene when police arrived.
Subsequent to an investigation, the above actor, Trent M. Casper, age 22, Hillside Ct., Hamburg, PA, turned himself in to Tilden Township Police at MDJ Kim. L. Bagenstose’ office in Hamburg on 03/20/2012 about 1500 hours to be arraigned on one misdemeanor count of Indecent Exposure. He was released on $15,000 unsecured bail.
March 11th, 2012
Reading Eagle, March 11, 2012
Crime Alert Berks County, a citizen crime-fighting group, is offering cash rewards of up to $5,000 to anyone supplying tips that lead to an arrest in this case or any other case or crime.
Tipsters with crime information can call 877-373-9913 anytime or contact Crime Alert at its website at www.alertberks.org. No one will ask the name of the caller, who will be assigned a code number.
Unsolved cases are featured regularly in the Sunday Reading Eagle.
Date and time: Jan. 28 about 11:30 p.m.
Location: Westy Bar & Grill, 279 W. State St., Tilden Township
Suspects: A white man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet and 250 pounds with a short, thin curtain style beard. Last seen wearing a red sweat shirt and baseball cap with dark-colored pants. Was driving a white, late 2000s GMC pickup truck with “Mi Terra Custom Interiors” written on it.
Police synopsis: Tilden Township police said a man assaulted a male on the dance floor at the Westy. The victim was treated in a local hospital. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Alert or call Tilden Chief William J. McEllroy at 610-562-9001.
Berks County Crime Alert