Crime Mapping Tilden Township, Berks County

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 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.”



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Thefts from vehicles

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.





Citation filed against restaurant owner for refusing entry to male with service dog

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.


Theft & Fraud

July 12th, 2012

A 22 YOF victim works at Cracker Barrel and was working there on the above date and time when a white male, 5’10”, 275 lbs, black tshirt, black shorts, shaved head, with a possible tattoo on his right forearm, arrived on the lot in a silver mini-van. He proceeded to smash out the window of the victim’s 2012 Hyundai sedan and remove her purse. He then left the lot. An unspecified amount of cash, as well as credit cards and a digital camera were inside the purse.


This same suspect is a person of interest in the use of the same victim’s credit card at Lowe’s around 1600 hours this date for about $1200 worth of purchases.


Anyone with any information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.



Suspect vehicle: silver mini van





Reminder to residents!

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.


Suspicious activity alert regarding door-to-door magazine subscription sales

July 6th, 2012

Suspicious activity alert regarding door-to-door magazine subscription sales


Information Release



Phone Scam Alert

July 2nd, 2012

July 2, 2012

Incident #61-12-00646


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.



Police warn about driveway paving scam

June 25th, 2012

Police warn about driveway paving scam in Muhlenberg Twp., surrounding areas

69 News WFMZ Article


Arrest for bribery of township police officer

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.

Driver with 0.304% BAC arrested for DUI at Tilden Red Robin

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.