Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, PA — Two people were arrested at the Lord & Taylor store in the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center on January 3, 2019, Lower Merion Police reported.

Lower Merion Police officers were called to the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center where loss prevention specialists stopped two individuals from leaving the Lord & Taylor store allegedly with stolen property, according to police reports of the incident.   

When LMPD officers arrived at the store they took an 18-year-old man and a juvenile into custody, investigators said.

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The store’s loss prevention officers reported witnessing the suspects remove electronic theft detectors and hiding merchandise.  The witnesses reported that the two men attempted to leave without paying for the merchandise.

Due to the fact that one suspect is a juvenile, it is TAPinto Lower Merion and Narberth policy to not report any details covering that juvenile.  

Subsequently charged was John Tony Madison, 18, of 1751 S. 53rd St in Philadelphia.  Madison was arrested and charged with retail theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree, along with receiving stolen property also a misdemeanor of the first degree.  

If convicted Madison faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and maximum fines of $20,000.  

Madison was arrested, handcuffed, advised of his rights and transported to the Lower Merion Public Safety building which houses the LMPD.  The transporting officer took Madison into the building using the sallyport — an entry to the secure lock-up facility. When one door is open other doors remain closed and locked.  

The suspect was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Karen Eisner Zucker.  In Lower Merion, the defendants are typically arraigned using secure electronic video technology between the judge and the defendant.  

Magisterial District Judge Karen Eisner Zucker arraigned Madison January 3, 2019, at 10:45 AM.  Madison was released on Signature bond and unsecured bail of $1,000. His next hearing date was scheduled for January 15, 2019, at 10:30 AM in front of Judge Eisner Zucker.


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