2 Stolen auto arrests and request from the police department
Stolen Vehicles and Theft from vehicles ARRESTS
The Upper Gwynedd Police Department announces the arrest of an adult and juvenile for the thefts of two motor vehicles and numerous thefts from unlocked autos.
On 6-9-2017 at about 0200 hours Upper Gwynedd Police were summoned to the 1400 block of Cathy’s lane by a resident who observed, and immediately reported, suspicious persons and 3 unfamiliar vehicles in both his driveway and a neighboring yard. Responding officers arrived very shortly thereafter but all subjects and vehicles had already left the residence. The witness provided descriptions of the vehicles which were broadcast to all departments. An assisting Lansdale Borough Police Officer observed cars leaving the area and was able to obtain a registration number. That plate was listed as a stolen vehicle out of Philadelphia. It was being followed by another vehicle, a red minivan which was later determined to have been stolen from a driveway in the 1400 block of Cathys Lane. A Montgomery Township Police officer, also responding to assist, began following these two vehicles however when a traffic stop was initiated, only the Chrysler minivan stopped with the stolen SUV fleeing at a high rate of speed east bound on route 63. Lansdale police officers at the scene began following footprints in the wet grass and located footprints in a driveway in the 1400 block of Marlyns Lane. They made contact with the resident and learned that their KIA Sportage was also stolen. That vehicle description was immediately broadcast. A Towamencin Township police officer, also responding to assist, remembered seeing that vehicle heading west on Sumneytown Pike towards the Lansdale interchange of the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike. The Pennsylvania State Police were notified and shortly thereafter stopped the vehicle at the Mid-County Interchange for a toll evasion violation.
Subsequent investigation revealed numerous additional thefts from nearby unlocked vehicles.
Arrested as a result of this collaborative law enforcement effort was:
21 year old Jahmir Dwight Smith of Garman Street Philadelphia
17 year old juvenile male from Philadelphia.
Both were charged with:
- Theft of a Motor Vehicle
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Theft from Motor Vehicle
- Loitering and Prowling at Night
Smith was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Justice Robert Sobeck. Smith was unable to post $10,000 bail and was remanded to Montgomery County Correctional Facility
The juvenile is being detained at the Montgomery County Youth Center.
The Upper Gwynedd Police reminds residents to please lock their cars and remove valuables, keys and guns from their cars. The vast majority of our thefts from vehicles occur from unlocked cars. There have been instances where loaded handguns have been stolen from unlocked cars.
We also remind everyone to call 911 immediately anytime they see something they think is suspicious.