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Teens Caught Stealing Leetsdale Signs

Police said the juveniles were released to their parents.

A group of teens attempted to steal signs Sunday afternoon from the magistrate district judge's yard, but they didn’t get far.

Leetsdale police Patrolman William Dreyer said homeowner District Judge Robert Ford caught the four juveniles around 1:30 p.m. holding two signs from his front yard in the 700 block of Beaver Street.

Dreyer said Ford called police and confronted the teens, two males and two females, who stuck around and waited for police to arrive.

Two of the juveniles were from Ambridge, one from Leetsdale and one from Bell Acres, Dreyer said.  He said the juveniles claimed they planned to stand on the corner and hold the signs up to traffic. 

Dreyer said Ford did not want to press charges, but Dreyer gave the teens a stern warning.

“I told them not to take signs anymore,” Dreyer said.

All parents were notified and came to the police station to pick up their children. 

Signs along Beaver Road challenge students to take the bus to help alleviate traffic and student safety issues outside the high school.

Neighbors are opposed to Quaker Valley plans to .

Police were investigating a similar incident in May after about a dozen signs went missing from the neighborhood, but police do not believe the incidents are related. 

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qvmom October 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Stealing is wrong. It seems to me it was more of a joke than a theft. The signs were immediately returned intact. If one of them falls over and is picked up, will the police be called for that? Thank God that there was not a serious call that needed to be dealt with during this awful "crisis". What if someone had a heart attack or there was a fire and the first responder couldn't get there to help because he was detained at station waiting for parents for two signs. I am sure you pulled pranks and jokes when you were a teen. And if they had been charged, who would have heard the case? As Judge Ford should recuse himself. So you want to send an Officer elsewhere on overtime for two signs. what a wonderful use of taxpayer dollars! SMDH
walter October 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
People like QVmom and Writingmom15143 are absolutely clueless. Instead of being thankful that they live in a community that has a police force able to deal with this type of silly prank, they are almost upset like the police should be dealing with theft, drug dealers/users(I know - not your kids) or some type of violence. We live in a safe, well manage community. Enjoy it and let the police alone. Be thankful for a safe community, that is why we live here. It is much better than the alternative.
walter October 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Don't let up Judy, they QVSB has been out of control and this time they crossed the line. Hang in there.
qvmom October 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I am far from clueless and am very grateful for our police department. I do not blame them for doing their job and responding to resident calls. My issue is that this story made the press... But when signs are used to disrupt traffic, cars are beat on and children trying to go to school are accosted, that is left out of the press. Gee Walter, is it you that accosts innocent children, blocks traffic and beats on cars?
qvmom October 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
And had the victim not been a Judge and part of the CCFL, oh wait the CTQV, the press wouldn't have gotten involved... way to use positions to keep your cause in the public eye

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