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DATE:  Wednesday, February 19, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating a reported strong-arm robbery.  A 14-year-old Swatara Township resident reported that, as he was walking in the vicinity of Union Deposit Road and Rutherford Rd, he was assaulted by an unknown person who then stole his Turkey-Hill bag containing two bags of potato chips.  The robber, described as a teenaged black/male wearing a black jacket, black pants and black gloves, fled east.  Police are interviewing witnesses to the incident and reviewing surveillance video to identify the suspect.  The victim was not injured.

DATE:  Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating a reported strong-arm robbery that is to have occurred to the rear of the Harrisburg Bible Chapel, 5503 Union Deposit Rd., yesterday evening at approximately 8:20 PM.  The victims, two 10-year-old Township residents, told police that they were playing basketball when they were approached by a 15 year old male who pushed one of the 10 year olds to the ground and grabbed a bag containing cash that the two 10 year olds had collected to purchase a neighborhood water slide. 

 DATE:  Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating a purse snatching robbery that occurred at the Bon-Ton, Colonial Park Mall.  At approximately 2:42 PM Wednesday, witnesses called 911 when they saw a male individual snatch the purse from a shopper at the store.  A store employee pursued the perpetrator until he crossed RT 22 and ran behind Meineke Muffler.  Investigation revealed that the perpetrator, described as a Hispanic/Male in his early twenties, 5’2” tall with a thin build, a long pony tail and wearing a dark blue hoodie with the hood up and gray jeans, had watched the victim, a 70 year old female Township resident, make a withdrawal from an ATM in the mall.  He had then followed her into the Bon-Ton.  After he grabbed the purse, the perpetrator removed his hoodie and wrapped it around the purse.  At that time, the ponytail was revealed and he was then seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt.  Lower Paxton Twp. police were assisted by a Susquehanna Township K-9 unit in the search.

DATE:  Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating an armed robbery of the Arby’s Restaurant, 4310 Union Deposit Rd. that occurred at about 11:42 PM.  The restaurant, open only for drive-thru, had two employees on duty at the time.  They were surprised by a Black/Male wearing a ski mask who was holding a handgun partially hidden in a blue and black backpack.   The robber forced the employees to empty the cash drawers and the safe into the backpack before fleeing in an unknown direction.  One of the employees was struck in the back of the head by the robber but did not require medical treatment.  The description of the perpetrator is:

Black/Male in his twenties
Dark complexion
Black hoodie
Black Ski Mask
Blue and black backpack

DATE:  Monday, August 1, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating an early morning incident in the Quail Run Apartments complex.  A Susquehanna Twp. woman reported to police that she had been on Rawleigh St. to drop off an acquaintance when she was accosted by a male wearing a ski mask and brandishing a firearm.  The male attempted to assault her in her vehicle but she was able to escape.  The male then fired at least two shots at her vehicle as she fled striking the vehicle.   The circumstances surrounding the incident are currently being investigated and no additional information is available. 

DATE:  August 12, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred last night at approximately 11:10 PM on Lakepoint Dr. in the Twin Lakes Apartment complex.  Two Black/Hispanic/Males, one with a handgun, forced their way into the apartment, tied up the resident and stole two video game systems, an I-Phone, a large quantity of sneakers and a quantity of hats.  The perpetrator with the gun is described as dark skinned, 19 to 20 years of age, shiny curly hair, and wearing a blue jacket.  That individual spoke fluent Spanish to the victim.  The sneakers that were stolen were size 10 and 9 ½ and the hats all had “Toto” on them in various places. 

DATE:  Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating an armed robbery of three guests in a motel room at the Fairfield Inn, 1018 Briarsdale Rd.  Police were called early this morning to the motel for a report of a robbery that had just occurred.  Upon arrival, police were told that the guests, all males, had been sleeping in the motel room when someone knocked on the door.  When one guest opened the door to see who was there, three men forced their way into the room and held the occupants at gunpoint while demanding money.  The guests complied by handing over cash and their cell phones and the armed men departed.  They were seen fleeing the motel lot in a dark colored SUV heading southbound on Briarsdale Rd.  One robber is described as a light complected Black/Male wearing a red hat, approximately 5’8” tall with a muscular build.  The second robber was a thin, dark complected Black/Male and the third was a thin, light complected Black/male.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Township resident who was walking in the 4600 block of Londonderry Rd. this morning at about 5:35 AM.  The victim, who was walking home from working the overnight shift at a Susquehanna Township grocery store, was accosted by two men, one of whom displayed a firearm and demanded the contents of the victim’s pockets.  This incident occurred on the sidewalk just east of the Pinnacle Health Community Campus Hospital.  The one with the firearm is described as a thin Black/Male in his twenties, approximately 6’1” tall, wearing a black hoodie with a red logo on the upper chest and a black bandanna covering his face.  The second individual was also a Black/Male in his late teens to early twenties, approximately 5’8” tall, wearing a black hoodie with the hood draped over his head but no mask.  The robbers fled west after receiving a small amount of cash from the victim.

DATE:  Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating the robbery of a Township man that occurred early this morning in the back parking lot of the Bourbon Street East, 4920 Jonestown Rd.  Police responded to the bar at about 1:55 AM when the manager called to report that a man had been assaulted and robbed.  The victim told police that he had gone out back with another bar patron to smoke a cigarette and the other patron then assaulted him.  His wallet and cell phone were then forcibly removed from his pants pockets.  The victim did sustain injuries but refused medical attention.  The perpetrator is described as being a light complected black/male, approximately 5’10” tall with a stocky build. 

DATE:  Monday, November 14, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating two robberies that occurred the previous weekend.  A man wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun robbed the Golden Wok, 700 Colonial Rd. on Saturday at about 9:35 PM.  He is described as being about 5’5” tall, thin build, wearing a black ski mask and dressed all in black.  After receiving the cash from the register, the man ran south on Colonial Rd.   Yesterday evening at about 6:35 PM, a man attempted to rob the Dollar General, 600 N. Mountain Rd., but the cashier closed the register and refused to open it despite the individual saying that he had a gun.  The robber, described as a White/Male, in his late 30’s or early 40’s, very closely cut reddish-blonde hair and of medium build, was wearing blue jeans and a green zippered sweatshirt.  The sweatshirt was further described as having a zipper across the chest and had zippers on both pockets.  He fled around the west end of the strip mall on foot with no money and no firearm was displayed.  The two robberies do not appear to be related.  Investigators are checking to see if there is video of either incident.

DATE:  Monday, December 12, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating an armed robbery of a pedestrian in the Pennswood Apartments that occurred at approximately 11:00 PM.  A female resident of the complex was walking in the 5200 block of Wynnewood Rd. when she was accosted by two males who had been walking behind her.  One grabbed her purse and attempted to wrest it away from her.  When she resisted, the other male pointed a handgun at her and threatened to shoot her of she didn’t let go.  When she let go of the purse and a shopping bag she was also carrying, the two males ran northbound, disappearing into the complex.  The purse contained the victim’s cell phone and wallet.  The crime was discovered by a patrolling security officer who called police.  One of the males is described as being White or Hispanic and in his late teens, 5’5” to 5’6” tall, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.  The male with the gun is described as being black and also in his late teens.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

DATE:  Friday, December 16, 2011

Lower Paxton Twp. Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred outside an apartment in the 400 block of Amherst Dr. in the Pennswood Apartment Complex shortly after midnight this morning.  A female resident of the complex reports that she was robbed by two teenaged Black/Males, one displaying a knife and the other a handgun.  The two approached the victim who was walking from her car to her apartment and demanded her cell phone and car keys.  When she complied, the two ran north toward Oakmont Rd after also grabbing her purse.  She described the two as short and thin and about 10-15 years old.  One wore a black coat and an ivory and brown baseball-style cap and the other wore a brown coat.