WPD Reports: A Trio of DUIs and Burglaries
Plus, a car theft.
All information is according to official police reports filed at the Whitemarsh Township Police Department. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
DUI and possession of narcotics:
At approximately 3:16 p.m. on May 1, Whitemarsh Police received a report of a silver Cadillac driving erratically on Ridge Pike near Butler Pike. A responding officer located the vehicle near the intersection of Barren Hill Road and Hector Street, where he observed it swerve and cross over the double yellow line, a police report said.
The officer then had the driver, Thomas Long, 54, of the 500 block of Old Skippack Road, Harleysville, perform a number of field sobriety tests, which he was unable to complete, the report said. A number of “packets” were also found in Long’s possession, although the report does not specify what they contained. However, Long was taken into custody for possession of narcotics.
At approximately 10:42 a.m. on May 2, Whitemarsh Police responded to the intersection of Ridge Pike and Harts Lane for the report of a two-car accident. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the driver of a Mazda Miata that was involved in the crash, and the driver told police that he was intoxicated, according to a police report.
The driver was identified as Michael Beno, 55, of the 1000 block of Butler Pike, Blue Bell, who then failed a number of field sobriety tests and registered a .22 BAC after submitting to a breathalyzer test, the report said. After being transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital, Beno also admitted to consuming a tranquilizer earlier in the day, the report said. Charges for DUI are pending.
At approximately 3:45 a.m. on May 5, a Whitemarsh Police officer on patrol observed a blue Honda Civic attempting to make a multi-point turn near 37 Germantown Pike. According to a report, the vehicle did so in a “careless manner” and backed up over a curb twice.
The officer approached the car, now half parked on the curb, and identified the driver as Meghan Smyth, 25, of the 200 block of Newington Drive, Hatboro. Upon speaking to Smyth, the officer said Smyth had slurred speech, smelled of alcoholic beverages, and was unable to complete a number of field sobriety tests, according to the report.
Smyth refused to take a breathalyzer test, at which point she was arrested for driving under the influence, the report said. She was then transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital for a blood test.
On April 30at approximately 7:08 a.m., a resident of the first block of Righter Street, Conshohocken, reported to police that her 2006 Toyota Corolla had been stolen from in front of her residence. The vehicle was last seen at 11 p.m. the night before, and the victim told police she possessed the only key.
At approximately 4:31 p.m. on May 4, a resident of the 2300 block of Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken, returned home to find that the rear first floor door of her home had been forced open, with several shoeprints nearby. Missing from the home was a jewelry box that contained assorted jewelry and the victim’s passport and birth certificate. The valuables were estimated at $325.
At approximately 5:31 p.m. on May 4, a resident of the 4100 block of Redwood Road, Lafayette Hill, arrived home to find pry marks on the front of her door. Upon inspecting the rear of the home, the resident noticed that a section of a sun porch screen had been cut open and that her rear door had been jammed open.
After police searched the home, the victim stated that a pillowcase was missing, along with a jewelry box located in the master bedroom.
A neighbor told police that at sometime between 1:20 and 1:35 p.m., a small gold compact vehicle that resembled a Jeep Compass had parked at the dead end on Redwood at Susan’s Way.
At approximately 5:22 a.m. on May 6, a resident of the 200 block of Hillcrest Avenue, Conshohocken, reported to police that someone had entered his garage and taken a number of items. The valuables included electronics and tax records.
Police found no signs of forced entrance.
At approximately 9:11 a.m. on May 4, a Whitemarsh Police officer arrested Miriam Widmaier, 68, of the 300 block of Birch Drive, Lafayette Hill, after a resident reported that she had fallen into Ridge Pike.
Widmaier was unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol, and also stated that she had been drinking, a police report said. After a breathalyzer test showed her to have a .178 percent BAC, Widmaier was taken into custody to be cited for public drunkenness. Widmaier also refused treatment from responding EMS units.
At approximately 8:12 p.m. on April 30, a manager at the Ridge Pike GIANT reported to police that an unknown woman attempted to use a fraudulent Visa card to make $174.10 in purchases. After a cashier noticed the numbers on the card were incorrect and confiscated the card, the woman left the location. Security footage has been turned over to police.
At approximately 8:22 p.m. on May 1, a resident of the 2200 block of Oakwyn Road, Lafeyette Hill, reported to police that a number of fraudulent purchases had appeared on her bank account. The first was charge of $593.87 for something labeled “chkcardintexrecratiolongbecaus” out of Long Beach, Ca. The second was a charge of $1,500 for “chkcarddentaldidacticsantabaracaus” out of Santa Barbara, Ca.
Fraud- bad checks:
At approximately 11:55 a.m. on May 2, the manager of a business on the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, reported to police that a check for $1094.88 had bounced and that numerous attempts to contact the individual who wrote the check were not responded to. Police contacted the individual and told him that he had until May 9 to pay the amount or charges would be filed.
Theft from auto: At approximately 7:01 a.m. on May 4, a resident of Viburnum Court, Lafayette Hill, reported to police that someone had stolen an IBM laptop computer, Garmen GPS, Neiman Marcus women’s gown, Neiman Marcus earrings, and $25 in change from their vehicle sometime overnight.