Police Log April 19: Identity theft; retail theft; DUI

Pennsylvania State Police

• Pennsylvania State Police from the Media barracks are investigating a case of identity theft involving a 28-year-old Chadds Ford woman. Police said the victim discovered on April 6 that several credit inquiries had been made in her name as well as several bogus accounts had been opened.

• Jerry Lee Dixon, 28, of Utah, was arrested for DUI in Concord Township following a crash on April 1, according to police. A report said the incident happened at 2:30 a.m. on Featherbed Lane.

• A retail establishment — not identified in the police report— on Applied Bank Boulevard experienced retail theft on April 12. The report said a suspect, also not identified in the report, took "numerous amounts of merchandise" and left the store without paying. The incident happened at 11:23 a.m.

• Police said they arrested a woman who stole an item worth $14.95 from the Birds and Bees shop on Route 202 in Concord Township on April 13. A report said the incident happened at 4:50 p.m.

• Peter J. Mele, 44, of Claymont, was charged with DUI after he drove into a mailbox on Baltimore Pike in Kennett Township, according to a report from the state police Avondale barracks. The report said Mele was driving west when he drove off the right side of the road at 3:43 a.m. on March 25. No injuries were reported.

• State police charged David Michael Ruditys Jr., 20, of Wilmington, with drug possession following a 12:31 a.m. traffic stop on Route 1 near Fairville Road on March 29, according to a report.

• Someone stole an antique wooden gate and a black metal wood stacker from a property on Kennett Pike sometime between 3 p.m., March 8 and 7 a.m., March 9. Anyone with information is asked to call Tpr. Ryan Ard at 610-268-2022.

• An expired inspection sticker led to a DUI arrest in New Garden Township on April 13. State police said Pedro Juarez-Guillen, 46, of Kennett Square, who had just picked up his daughter from school, was arrested for DUI at 2:46 p.m. when a trooper noticed the expired inspection sticker. Police made the stop on Baltimore Pike, east of Union Street.

• State police arrested Gonzalo Cano-Zavala, 34, of Avondale, for false identification to law enforcement, identity theft, driving without a license and a suspended license in New Garden Township on April 10, according to a police press release. Police said he claimed to be his father at the time of the traffic stop, 10:51 a.m.

• José Guadalupe Morales-Gomez, 18, of West Grove, was arrested for DUI on March 19, a state police report said. According to the report, police stopped Morales-Gomez on Route 1 North, south of Route 82 in New Garden Township just after midnight because he was driving erratically, and then determined he was under the influence.

• On March 12, state police said, Scott Everett Wiseman, 20, of Chatham, was taken into custody on DUI charges. Police made the stop at 3 a.m. on Thouron Road, north of Clonmell Road in West Marlborough Township.

Southern Chester County Regional Police 

• Pedro Ramirez-Reyes, 24, of New Castle, was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses after he nearly struck a SCCRPD vehicle head on, a police report said. The incident occurred just after midnight on April 2 in the 700 block of West Cypress Street, in Kennett Township. Ramirez-Reyes was driving a 2005 Infinity in the wrong direction on the one-way roadway and then turned abruptly into a restaurant parking lot full of pedestrians, according to Southern Chester County Regional Police. Numerous indicators of intoxication were observed, police said, and after failing field sobriety tests, Ramirez-Reyes was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. He was transported to the state police Avondale barracks where he submitted to a chemical test of his breath, resulting in a B.A.C. of 0.146 percent. He was processed and released pending issuance of a summons.

• Graham Jones, 19, of Landenberg was arrested and charged with DUI, along with violations of the Controlled Substance Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, and related traffic offenses, following a single vehicle crash at 640 Penn Green Road in New Garden Township at 7:15 a.m. on April 02. Police said Jones exhibited numerous indicators of possible intoxication and were told by a witness at the scene that he had walked away from the scene briefly and appeared to have discarded a bag. Marijuana and related paraphernalia, along with an unknown substance in a bottle were discovered in a nearby dumpster.

• Jennifer Chavez-Morales, 23, of Kennett Square, was arrested and charged with making multiple fraudulent transactions at the Peebles Department Store where she worked, a police report said. Police were dispatched to the store at 350 Scarlett Road in New Garden Township on April 5 where Regional Asset Protection personnel for the company reported that Chavez-Morales was using a Peebles credit card number, without authorization, and was bypassing the store's denial system, by using a manager code she obtained from a former employee.


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