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Lower Makefield Police Chief Warns of Deliberate Spreading of COVID-19 by “Extremists”

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Lower Makefield Chief of Police, Ken  Coluzzi is warning the townships residents about a deliberate spreading of COVID-19 by racially motivated extremist factions to faith based and minorities groups in statement he released Wednesday. 

Coluzzi said, he would like to advise the faith-based community of information that we have recently received regarding online discussions among racially motivated extremist groups. There is information involving the deliberate spreading of novel coronavirus, COVID-19 to faith-based and minority groups. 

Police are not aware of any specific or credible threats to any ethnic or faith-based community in Lower Makefield the Chief said but  online discussions among the extremist are targeting Jewish and Asian-American communities, mosques and synagogues, he said.

“The discussions speak of spreading COVID-19 by leaving saliva on door handles, elevator buttons, and spraying saliva from water bottles” said Coluzzi. 

“With the upcoming Jewish Passover holiday beginning April 8th, a special concern exists. There could be an opportunity for extremist groups to tamper with food or dishware before a meal is served. All should be vigilant and aware to potentially identify any food or items that may display signs of tampering” said Coluzzi. 

Lower Makefield authorities  feel this information is extremely important to share to heighten awareness in these uncertain times, he said.

“Should our department learn of a specific or credible threat, we will notify the organization within the community immediately” 

If any group learns of a potential threat or observes suspicious behavior and incidents to call police immediately, Coluzzi asks. 

Township patrols have been instructed to give additional attention to places of worship and public meeting spaces., he said. 

If the public sees anything suspicious they can also submit an anonymous tip to Lower Makefield authorities by clicking here

According to the FBI,  hate crimes in 2018 rose by about by 12 percent hitting a 16 -year high nationally. 

A hate crime is defined by the FBI as  a “criminal offense against a person or property, motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity” 

 

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Lower Makefield Twp Police Reports: Arrest of Person with Federal Warrant and More

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Lower Makefield Twp Police Reports June 14, 2024 – June 20, 2024

6/20/2024 – Retail Theft – 900 block of Vasant Dr. at Wegman’s reported at 5:30 p.m. Loss Prevention reported a retail theft in progress involving a male and female who loaded up reuseable bags with $1,676.07 worth of merchandise and fled the store. Upon being confronted, the male dropped his bags and fled on foot while the female fled in a SUV. The vehicle was stopped on the I-295 W ramp and the 23 year old female from Buena Park, CA was taken into custody. Her brother, the 18 year old male from Harbra, CA was apprehended hiding behind a dumpster. The female had a federal warrant and warrants from several states. They were taken into police custody, arraigned by District Justice Wagner and sent to BCCF in lieu of $100,000/10% bail. 

6/19/2024 – Motor Vehicle Theft – 400 block of Kings Rd. reported at 8:32 a.m. Complainant reported theft of their 2021 Dodge Durango sometime overnight. Investigation ongoing. 

6/19/2024 – Fraud – 200 block of S. Flint Ct. reported at 12:01 p.m. Complainant reported hiring Home Repair LLC to complete work on their residence that was damaged by a hail storm. The insurance check was cashed, but the work has not been completed. The company has not responded to the homeowner’s attempts to contact them. Investigation ongoing.

6/18/2024 – Solicitors – 300 block of Richard Rd. reported at 2:53 p.m. Complainant reported solicitor in the area soliciting for Advanced Axis without a permit. She was advised to cease soliciting until a permit was obtained. 

6/18/2024 – Wanted Person & Drug Arrest – Rt. 1 & Oxford Valley Rd. reported at 5:32 p.m. Police on patrol received an LPR hit for a wanted person who had an active warrant for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun out of Trenton, NJ. Police conducted a felony car stop and found four glass jars containing marijuana, two small scales, one box of 100 hypodermic needles, hundreds of small Ziploc bags, a razor blade, one box of sandwich bags, forty four small bags containing crack cocaine in the vehicle. They also found fourteen white packets containing heroin/fentanyl and $222 USD on his person. The 37 year old male from Morrisville, PA was taken into police custody. He was charged with Manufacturing/Delivery/Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Deliver, Manufacturing/Delivery/Possession of heroin/fentanyl, Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacturing/Delivery/Possession of crack cocaine, Delivery/Intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia and related charges. He was arraigned by District Justice O’Neil and sent to BCCF in lieu of $200,000/10% bail. 

6/16/2024 – Disorderly Conduct – 1500 block of Kathy Dr. reported at 1:39 a.m. Police responded to an abandoned 911 call at the location. Upon arrival, police were met by a group of people who were maced by unknown assailants but refused police assistance. Police were called back out to the residence at 2:50 a.m. due to the same assailants driving around the parking lot, possibly armed and threatening the residents. A vehicle matching the description was pulled over on River Rd. where two of the assailants were identified. An 18 year old female and 21 year old female from Trenton, NJ were cited for Disorderly Conduct. 

6/14/2024 – Burglary – 1200 block of Woodside Rd. reported at 9:12 p.m. Police responded to the report of a burglary in progress at the location. The homeowner observed an unknown male enter their pool house. Police entered the pool house and located the 28 year old male from Decatur, GA. He was taken into police custody. He was charged with Burglary, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling. He was arraigned by District Justice O’Neil and was sent to BCCF in lieu of $50,000/10% bail.

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Lower Makefield Twp Police Reports: TP in Trees, Tobacco Sale Violation and More

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Lower Makefield Twp Police Reports: June 7, 2024 – June 13, 2024

6/13/2024 – Criminal Mischief – Bluestone Dr. & Tall Meadow Ln. reported at 2:40 a.m. Complainant reported toilet paper in trees.

6/13/2024 – Attempted Burglary – 200 block of Rock Run Rd. reported at 11:18 a.m. Police responded to the report of a burglary in progress at the location. The homeowner reported hearing glass break and observing two unknown males dressed in black hoodies with yellow safety vests and gloves attempting to enter the residence via a basement window. They fled in a silver Chrysler Pacifica minivan with a NJ tag. The same minivan was observed on Pondview Ct. a short time later scraping stickers off the van and switching the license plate. Investigation ongoing.

6/13/2024 – Tobacco Sale Violation – 500 block of Washington Crossing Rd. at Village Marker reported at 12:03 p.m. Complainant reported sale of tobacco products to an underage person. Village Market cited.

6/13/2024 – Identity Theft – 200 block of Parkside Ave. reported at 12:51 p.m. Complainant reported unknown person(s) opened a car insurance policy in their name.

6/12/2024 – Retail Theft – 1600 block of Big Oak Rd. at Shop Rite reported at 7:40 p.m. Loss Prevention reported a known female committed retail thefts on 5/6 and 6/7. Same female attempted to commit theft on this date, but paid when confronted. Investigation ongoing.

6/11/2024 -Fraud – 1300 block of Violetwood Ct. reported at 10:31 a.m. Complainant reported hiring Home Repair LLC to complete work on their residence that was damaged by a hail storm. The insurance check was cashed, but the work has not been completed. The company has not responded to the homeowner’s attempts to contact them. Investigation ongoing.

6/10/2024 – Identity Theft – 800 block of Big Oak Rd. reported at 11:16 a.m. Complainant reported unknown person(s) used their information to open an online bank account.

6/10/2024 – Solicitors – Hudson Dr. & Schuyler Rd. reported at 6:10 p.m. Police observed a damaged vehicle with its hazards on at the location and did a well check. It was determined the individual was soliciting for Sunny Mac without a permit. They were obtained to cease soliciting until a permit was obtained.

6/9/2024 – Criminal Mischief – 1700 block of Langhorne-Yardley Rd. at Edgewood Café reported at 6:57 a.m. Complainant reported unknown person(s) poured 15-20 gallons of combustible fluid all over the building. Investigation ongoing.

6/9/2024 – Criminal Mischief – 2000 block of Polo Run Dr. reported at 11:47 a.m. Complainant reported unknown person(s) scratched the windshields on two of their vehicles.

6/7/2024 – Retail Theft – 1600 block of Big Oak Rd. at Shop Rite reported at 11:34 a.m. Loss Prevention reported retail theft in progress. The 49 year old female from LMT was taken into police custody for taking over $600.00 worth of merchandise without paying. She was arraigned by District Justice Kronnagel and released on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

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Lower Bucks Police Departments Assist with Arrest of Warrington Man on Child Sex Abuses Charges

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A Warrington Township and now suspended Bucks County Corrections officer is behind bars in Montgomery County for alleged child sexual abuse offenses Thursday.

According to a press release  on or about March 6, 2024, the Bucks County District Attorneys Office and the Warrington Township Police Department initiated an investigation into a cybertip submitted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip, advised that a Kik Messenger user shared, disseminated, and/or uploaded apparent child sexual abuse material utilizing their platform.

Authorities say  through their investigation it was found that the account in question was registered to Christos Rallis of Warrington, PA. An arrest warrant was issued for Rallis, who turned himself in to investigators from the Warrington Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office on June 7, 2024.

According to the New Hope Free Press,  a spokesperson for the Bucks County government, confirmed Rallis,  was suspended from his correctional officer duties in late May due in part to the investigation.  He was hired to work at BCCF in February the publication said.

A spokesmen for the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said defendants are sometimes moved to neighboring county jails for security reasons.

He was arraigned before  District Judge Stacy Wertman who set bail in the amount of $250,000.00/10%. Rallis posted bond the same day

The Warrington Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Warwick Township Police Department, the Bensalem Township Police Department, the Middletown Township Police Department, the Hilltown Township Police Department, the Falls Township Police Department, and the Lower Makefield Police Department for their assistance with this investigation, a public safety spokesperson said.

Rallis is scheduled to appear for  preliminary hearing on August 5  and according to court records is represented by Parlow & Lang LLC of  Bensalem.

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