Burglary Taskforce Makes Another Arrest
So far, three people have been arrested by a taskforce that includes the Abington and Upper Dublin Police Departments, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police.
Abington Police announced the arrest of another suspect who they say is involved in a rash of daytime, residential burglaries throughout Montgomery and Delaware counties dating back to December 2011 and continuing through November 2012.
According to police, the “ring leader” of the burglaries, Derrick Carter, of the 4600 block of Sheffield Street, Philadelphia, was arrested in November after he was seen committing burglaries in Delaware County and New Castle County, Del. He also tried to strike a Philadelphia Police officer with his vehicle while on a high-speed pursuit.
The investigation lead police to other suspects and additional arrests, including Akim Harris, of the 1800 block of Widener Place, Philadelphia, who was arrested Jan. 11. Harris was charged with two counts of burglary-related charges and is being held in Montgomery County Prison on $250,000 bail.
Another defendant, Simon Johnson, of the 5600 block of Malvern Avenue, Philadelphia, will be charged shortly with two counts of burglary-related charges. Simon is already in custody on unrelated charges.
Yesterday, Carter was transported from Philadelphia Prison to Montgomery County. He was charged with 26 burglaries, seven attempted burglaries and other related charges. He was arraigned in Lower Merion and transported to Montgomery County Prison and is being held on $250,000 bail.
All suspects were charged jointly by Abington and Lower Merion police departments.
Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
The taskforce comprised the Abington, Upper Dublin, Lower Merion and Philadelphia police departments, the Montgomery County Detectives and the Pennsylvania State Police.