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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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UnbiasedBobby October 09, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Wow.... I mean that's like..... not even a story. Good job Leetsdale.
travis w October 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
@Bobby The police around here like to mess with the teenagers. The School board needs to ask the high school students, the ones who would really receive the parking lot, if a bigger parking lot is needed. My son gets a ride to school, one of his friends picks him up every morning. Never have I heard that they had to "Park Somewhere Else because they couldn't find parking in the high school parking lot". It seems like the Staff is getting a little too old, and do not enjoy walking up that hill every morning, but they should remember... SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE!
Casondra Clemons October 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
@Bobby... I agree wholeheartedly. But some people will do whatever it takes to keep their cause in the press. @Travis... It's not just a parking issue. It is pick up/drop off and due to the increase of special needs and disabled children now attending QV, their handicap parking is not enough. @Larissa... I have never known you to print a story without investigating all the facts. I thought that printing half truths and embellishments for the ccfl... oh wait now its ctqv was Bobby Cherry and the Heralds forte. Love how people will use anything and anyone to get in the paper
writingmom15143 October 10, 2012 at 02:45 AM
...when did signs become more important than safety? since the yellow signs started lining beaver street near the high school, complaints have been voiced to qvhs administration, school district administration, school board members, leetsdale police and local government officials and the local residents responsible for the placement of the signs. these concerns have ranged from the danger of signs which cause drivers to look away from the road to read the signs to bullying and intimidation of students and parents by some of those waving signs and protesting during the busy drop-off time at the high school. when the police are required to intervene when 2 piastic signs are removed from a yard but do not have the authority to deal with the reported safety issues related to those signs, we have an even greater problem than resolving the traffic challenges at the high school.
Nancyf October 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
To the one person who does continually complain about the signs being a distraction, do you not see political, or garage sale and ad signs? I think you missed the point, children or even adults should not be encouraged to steal anything regardless of value. It was nice of the owners not wanting to press charges
Judy Fulton October 11, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I am a member of Concerned Taxpayers of Quaker Valley. We are asking the school district to find an alternative to the purchase of Leetsdale homes to be targeted for demolition. We are attempting to save our neighborhood, which we believe is a truly positive asset in our borough. My husband and I are also parents and happen to be grandparents of disabled children. We understand the issues involved with traffic safety. At QVSB meetings and in meetings held separately with QVSD officials, we, and other members of our group, have offered the school district many reasonable alternatives to the present traffic safety issue. It is interesting to me that the safety issues have existed for many years and yet the school district did not choose to address those issues until they found a 'soft spot' on our street, someone willing to sell to the QVSD, take the money and leave the rest of us to deal with the fall out of their decision. Of course, it is no secret that QVSD has the ability to use the threat of the power of eminent domain if they cannot negotiate a sale price to their liking with the targeted home owners. This was used as a psychological wedge to help close the real estate deals.
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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