April 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
The following police reports were entered by the Lower Providence Township Police Department for the final week of April 2014.
Theft from Local Produce Shop
Lower Providence Police Department (LPPD) was called out on Friday, April 25 around 6:52 a.m. to Jim and Ralph’s Produce, located in the 3900 block of Ridge Pike, near Level Road in Collegeville. Owners at the produce store reported a theft.
According to police reports, police found that four batteries had been removed from the cab of a tractor-trailer combination, with all battery cable and air lines cut. An air line from the cab to trailer was also cut.
“I observed an empty battery tray and the battery cables with a large section missing,” said Ofc. Ryan W. Singleton of the LPPD in his report.
The lines, reports state, were around one-inch in diameter and were made of copper. No prints were found by investigating officers. LPPD passed information along to the detectives for further investigation.
The batteries were valued at around $125 each, totaling a loss of around $500 in valuables. Police reported that other items on the business’s outside property were also disturbed, including a missing padlock and a moved hand-truck, though it did not appear, according to owners, that any persons obtained entry into the facility’s building itself.
LPPD reported that on Thursday, April 24 around 6:05 p.m. police were called to a suspicious subject sitting in a car near the first block of Buckwalter Road. Many children were playing in the area, and concerned citizens reported a man seeming to idle in his vehicle nearby, head bobbing up and down.
Police approached a grey Honda Accord at the scene and witnessed a man reported to be sleeping in the front seat. The man, later identified by police as Richard Chase Rosato, 38, of the 300 block of Laurel Drive, Limerick, did not notice police approach his vehicle and watch his actions.
“I approached the subject on the driver’s side, and he was sitting still with his eyes closed, a cigarette lighter in his right hand, and an aerosol can in his lap,” reported Ofc. Cherelle Cutting. “The keys to the vehicle were lying on the front passenger seat next to another aerosol can. He was not aware of my presence.”
The responding police officer reported that he observed Rosato lift an aerosol can and attempt to “fire up the end unsuccessfully,” said reports.
“He then dropped the can on the floor between his feet and tried to take another hit off of it again unsuccessfully,” said Cutting in the report.
Police had to approach the car, on foot, to tap on the driver’s side window, at which point Rosato reported he was “just taking a break from traffic on his way home.” Police told him they’d observed him “huffing,” to which Rosato admitted doing due to a “domestic situation and pulled over here to unwind.”
Rosato was placed under arrest by officers for the illegal use of aerosol cans for the purpose of getting intoxicated, as well as disorderly conduct for “doing it in a public place in full view of children,” said reports.