Suspect collared

Police arrested a Pennsport man for supposedly committing theft two blocks from his home.

As first reported in the Dec. 15 South Philly Review as “Costly intrusion,” a male entered a Philadelphia Gas Works vehicle on the 1800 block of South Second Street at 5:45 a.m. Nov. 25 and quickly removed a GPS and two gas leak detectors valued at more than $3,000. On Dec. 7, officers assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit looked at surveillance footage and noticed the suspect bore a resemblance to William Cook, 38, of the 1800 block of South Fourth Street, known to them through prior contact.

Observing photos of him that featured similar tattoos under his left eye and diamond-like earrings, they arrested him on Dec. 19, charging him with criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft from a motor vehicle. He awaits a Jan. 3 preliminary hearing.