HANOVER TWP. — Two store managers chased a pair of alleged shoplifters on Friday, keeping up with them long enough to provide police with information on their whereabouts to make arrests.
Luzerne County 911 dispatched township police to Dollar General at the Hanover Mall on the Sans Souci Parkway just before 9:30 a.m. on a report of two shoplifters running from the store and being chased across Hanover Mall by two store managers.
A second call was received that one of the shoplifters, wearing a purple jacket, was running along the parkway toward Route 29. Police spotted a woman matching that description and stopped her. The woman, Erica Barham, 23, of Arch Street, Glen Lyon, admitted to being in the store, police said.
The managers, who had recovered a large black purse with merchandise inside, identified Barham as one of the shoplifters.
The managers told police that when the women were asked to remain inside Dollar General, both of them fled on foot across the parking lot, along the Sans Souci Parkway.
Upon reaching the Slate Bar building, one suspect ran behind the building, across Dundee Road and into the woods. The other ran along the entrance road to Tractor Supply Store, came to a chain link fence, turned around, began back, saw the managers, dropped the black purse and merchandise, went over the chain link fence to the Sans Souci and was stopped by police.
Police then received a call that a woman came out of the woods and got into a white pickup headed south on the parkway. Police stopped the truck and identified the suspect as Amy O’Keefe, 24, of East Grove Street, Edwardsville, police said.
Both women were charged with retail theft. Value of the cosmetic-type merchandise found in the purse was $39.50.
HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton reported the following:
• Luis A. Pena, 20, of West Hazleton, reported that someone took a Mugen bendable front lip from the front fender of his 1997 Honda Civic while it was parked at NBTY Vitamin, 10 Simmons Drive, sometime between 4 and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information should call police at 570-459-3890.
• Two males wearing dark hooded sweatshirts grabbed the purse from the arm of Michelle Marie Brislin, 48, of Weatherly, while she was walking in the parking lot at Thomas’ Family Market at the Church Hill Mall at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The purse contained cash, a Samsung Galaxy 3 cell phone and a PNC Bank Visa debit card. An investigation continues.
HAZLETON — City police reported the following:
• Someone struck a 1994 Ford Econoline van while it was parked in the area of 17th Street and Emerald Court between 3 p.m. Sunday and 10 p.m. Monday.
• Someone struck a 2012 Toyota Corolla while it was parked in the area of Church and Juniper streets sometime between 1:40 and 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
• A silver Honda struck a gray Chevrolet Impala in the area of Diamond Avenue and Locust Street at about 7:49 p.m. Thursday and the driver of the Honda reportedly fled south on Locust Street.
• Ricky Gil, 19, of Hazleton, reported Thursday morning that someone scratched his 1999 Honda Accord while it was parked overnight in the 600 block of Lincoln Street.
Investigations continue into these incidents. Anyone with information should contact Hazleton police at 570-459-4940 or via dialing 911.
• A woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.
Brandon Kotansky, of North Church Street, Hazleton, was driving a 2003 Buick Rendezvous west on 19th Street when it collided with a 2001 Nissan Maxima that Dora Martinez, of West Chapel Street, Hazleton, was driving north on Locust Street just before 3 p.m.
Martinez was transported by American Patient Transport Systems to Hazleton General Hospital for treatment. No information was available on her condition Thursday night.
HANOVER TWP. — Someone threw a rock through a window at Crossroads Motors at Sans Souci Parkway and Oxford Street to gain entry sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday. A 21-inch Sony television and a laptop computer were stolen.