Phoenixville Man Plans Theft, Can’t Find Right House

The incident occurred on July 1.

A 23-year-old Phoenixville man and an accomplice were arrested in West Whiteland on July 1 after they couldn’t find the house they allegedly had planned to steal from.

According to a report from the West Whiteland Police Department, the two men, Jacob Craig Elters of Phoenixville and Nabil Waris of Newtown Square, each 23, were arrested in the early morning hours of July 1 after a resident observed them hanging out under his deck with a flashlight at 4 a.m. 

When officers arrived, the subjects attempted to flee but were detained and questioned. Officers determined that both were under the influence of intoxicants, according to the report.

A subsequent investigation determined that the pair had come into the neighborhood with the intention of stealing the property of an acquaintance, but could not find the right house, the report said. 

They were arrested and charged with loitering/prowling, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct. 

Elters was arraigned and committed to the Chester County Prison after failing to post ten percent of his $7,500 bail. Waris was also committed after failing to post ten percent of his $5,000 bail. 

Hipster Kitty July 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Tom, what is going on with the Phoenixville Police Department's blotter? There used to be one when Lynn was the editor, then close to before she left, it stopped. She would list the car break ins, burglaries, ect. that were occurring around the borough weekly or every two weeks. There is still a blotter from East Pikeland Township Police and occasionally Schuylkill Township Police, but where is Phoenixville's?
Tom Sunnergren July 11, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Phoenixville police have refused to provide us with a police blotter Jim. Patch filed a right to know request and took legal action when Lynn was here, but it came to naught. I'm hoping to resolve the situation soon, but we're in a holding pattern at the moment. If anything changes, I'll let you know.
Hipster Kitty July 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Thanks for the update. This is typical behavior of Phoenixville police, especially Chief Mossman. The department wants to keep its actions secret and keep the public in the dark.
Realist July 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Let’s be truthful here, Lynn has a very good relationship with the borough because she was a detailed and accurate reporter, and not into sensationalizing stories. I seriously doubt that any legal action was required. She was a great reporter and focused on the facts and always quoted people accurately.
Tom Sunnergren July 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The truth, Realist, is that Phoenixville police will not furnish us with blotter in a form that is scrutable or useful. It is a problem that began while Lynn was here and required, in either her judgment or that of Patch, legal action.
Local Yocal July 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Try getting something out of the Spring City PD... worse yet! They just tie you up in litegation....
Ike July 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
LocalGirl July 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I do recall Lynn making a comment online before she left that Pville PD were no longer providing reports...as for Spring CIty, no luck with the new Chief?
Laura Schwartz July 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
They couldn't find the right house? Perhaps they should have stolen a GPS first.


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