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.


Male arrested for Indecent Exposure at Tilden McDonald’s

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.


Tips sought in Tilden Assault

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 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.


Offense: Assault.

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


69-year-old Tilden man charged in threats

March 8th, 2012

69-year-old Tilden man charged in threats

Reading Eagle article, March 8, 2012

Visitor took jewelry worth $4,100 from home

March 8th, 2012

Visitor took jewelry worth $4100 from home.

Reading Eagle article, March 8, 2012

Stolen Vehicle

February 25th, 2012

Stolen Vehicle




Vehicle Owner: S&S Leasing and Transport


Vehicle: black 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with extended cab, Pennsylvania Registration # RT42494.


The above vehicle was taken from the above location sometime between 2300 hours, 02/24/2012 and 0600 hours, 02/25/2012.


Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tilden Township Police Department at 610-562-9001.


An investigation is continuing.



Tilden Police receive LoJack PTCs

January 30th, 2012

On January 23, 2012, the Tilden Township Police Department received two new LoJack Police Tracking Computers.  The equipment, installation and onsite training were provided at no cost to the department by the LoJack Corporation.  The LoJack Police Tracking Computers will enhance the Tilden Township Police Department’s stolen vehicle recovery capabilities.


The Police Tracking Computers installed in law enforcement vehicles are designed to receive silent signals emitted from a small radio transceiver hidden in a LoJack-equipped vehicle.  Law enforcement vehicles with PTCs follow these signals, which lead officers to the stolen vehicle.


With a 90 percent success rate in recovering stolen cars and trucks, the LoJack System is a time-tested Radio Frequency-based theft protection solution.  It enables area law enforcement agencies that use PTCs to track down and recover not only LoJack-equipped cars, but trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and construction equipment as well.


If you would be interested in participating in a LoJack tracking demonstration with an officer, please contact Chief William McEllroy at 610-562-9001.


For further information about the LoJack Recovery Network, you may contact Jeremy Warnick, LoJack Corporate Communications Manager at 781-302-4251.




DUI Crash 01/20/2012

January 20th, 2012

DUI Crash

01/20/2012 2049 hours

29 Fox Road


Personals Involved:

Operator: Matthew J Graham, male, age 30, Hamburg, PA

Unit 1: 2005 Subaru sedan owned by the Operator.


Incident Details:

Tilden Township Police were dispatched to the driveway of 29 Fox Road for a vehicle that was on its roof and on fire. Before police had arrived, an off duty Shoemakersville Fireman, Dustin Wagner,  who lived nearby, stopped and put out the fire with his fire extinguisher. There was no one found inside the vehicle. The Operator eventually walked back to the scene and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was not injured and refused medical treatment.


Assisting at the scene were members from the Shartlesville Fire Company and Hamburg EMS.


An investigation is continuing.

New law aimed at protecting Pennsylvania’s teen drivers goes into effect Dec. 27

December 26th, 2011