Central Berks Regional Police Department

  • Agency: Central Berks Regional Police Department
  • Address: 2147 Perkiomen Avenue, Central Berks Regional , 19606 PA
  • Chief: Anthony C Garipoli, Sr (Chief of Police)
Phone: 610-779-1100
Fax: 610-779-7135

Central Berks Regional Police Department is located at 2147 Perkiomen Avenue, Central Berks Regional , 19606 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Anthony C Garipoli, Sr. The Central Berks Regional Police Department phone number is 610-779-1100.

Central Berks Regional Police Department News

During the early AM hours this morning (Mon., 4/16/18), night shift patrol discovered numerous vehicles with tires slashed in the Borough of Mt Penn, between Beech St, N 24th St, and the 300 blk of Friedensburg Rd. About fifteen vehicles were identified. In the midst of the tire slashings, a bag of leaves was also set on fire by what appeared to have been a cigarette. If you find your tires damaged, please call the PD and ensure we have the report filed. Also, we will request you forward a copy of repair bills to be included with the report in the event the perpetrator(s) is/are identified.

The second week of April has been declared "Telecommunicator Week", and we here at CBRPD would like to extend our sincerest thanks and recognition to our "Voices in the Dark" at Berks Dept. of Emergency Services. These are the men and women you hear, but never see. Yet, they are responsible for the safety of both our officers and our residents. They possess the ability to remain calm in the midst of chaos, and all too often their efforts and contributions are overlooked after the dust settles and the smoke clears. THANK YOU, ladies and gentlemen of 911, for all you do!

Hmmm, I wonder why Detective Linderman is hiding. Maybe because today is his birthday! Be sure to wish him a happy one!

In the wake of the tragic loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 2/14/18, many residents have discussed the security and plans in place here in our own local schools. As you know, we work with our local schools to train our staff and students in how to respond to a variety of emergency situations on an ongoing basis. These plans are under constant review, and we strive to continually evolve our responses and plans. On the evening of Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm Dr. Melissa Brewer, Superintendent of the Antietam School District, will share information about Antietam's "All Hazards Plan", and how we collaboratively work to prepare our staff and students to respond to a wide variety of crisis types, including Active Shooters. CBRPD's own Sgt. Terry Heydt will be present to answer questions or concerns parents may have regarding our response plans. The meeting will be held in the Middle-Senior High School library. Antietam SD asks that anyone planning on attending kindly RSVP to Mrs. Pam Janda, pjanda@antietamsd.org or 610-779-0554, ext. 4119 to assist in planning for attendance numbers.

THURSDAY, 2/22/18: Be advised that Spook Ln is currently CLOSED at Friedensburg Rd and Hill Rd while some dangerous trees are removed. Expect the road to remain impassable until approximately 1pm or longer. Please do NOT drive around the barricades.

Please read the following letter from First Energy Corp. thoroughly and look at the photos. Some key points are that a resident does not need to be present, power will be briefly interrupted, and no one will need to enter your residence, unless the current meter is inside. "Within the next few weeks, Met-Ed will begin installing smart meters for all our customers in the portion of our service territory served by the Reading service center. Deployment will begin in March 2018 and will continue through December 2018. As you may recall, installation of smart meter technology was included in the PA Act 129 Legislation passed in 2008 and requires electric distribution companies to deploy smart meter technology for all their Pennsylvania customers. http://www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/issues_laws_regulations/act_129_information.aspx This step toward a more modernized electric system will enable automated meter readings and enhance our ability to respond to outages faster and more efficiently. Plus, once the meters are fully operational, customers will have access to more detailed energy information to help them better understand their electricity use – which means they can then make informed decisions on how to manage and control their electricity consumption. Our contractor, Wellington Energy, will soon be installing smart meters on the homes and businesses in your community. To support the installation of this new technology, we will be sending customers information in the mail before meter installation occurs. Our customer contact center at 1-800-545-7741 is available to answer customers' questions about the program and installation schedule. Please note: the installation of a smart meter does not mean that the meter location on the structure changes. In nearly all cases, the meter location will remain the same and it will be no more or less apparent than the existing meter is now. Information on smart meter technology, security and privacy, safety and FAQ is available on our website at www.firstenergycorp.com/pasmartmeter."

Today, a concerned resident inquired about something she received in the mail. The card inside was an invitation to join a site called Nextdoor Mount Penn, and provided an invitation code to be entered on the site. Nextdoor.com is a legitimate social networking site, a lot like Facebook, but on a smaller scale, mainly used to connect people who live in the same community. The site requires your name, physical address, and email address in order to join, but no one should be asking for any other personal information such as Social Security or credit card numbers. There is nothing to worry about if you receive an invitation such as this. It is a personal choice whether or not to join.

We are currently investigating a case where one of our elderly residents was scammed by two individuals purporting to be doing chimney cleaning at her residence. She had received a phone call from a company called "C&C Chimney Maintenance" and they advised the victim that her chimney had not been cleaned for a long time. The victim agreed to have C&C Chimney Maintenance come out to her residence to perform the cleaning and a price range of $50-$100 was agreed upon. On 1/25/2018, two individuals arrived at the victim's residence in a white or tan Ford Econoline work van, unknown registration, and performed one hour's worth of unknown work to the victim's chimney. Witnesses believe to have seen signage on the van that read "C&C Chimney Maintenance" or something similar. The individuals who performed the work were described as follows: 1. African-american male, 6'2", thin, between 19-26 years-old 2. Hispanic male, 5'8", 165-175 lbs, between 19-26 years-old Upon completion of the "work," the suspects told the elderly victim that the total charge would be $2,200, much higher than the original price that was given. The victim was told to write out a check out to the African-American male by the name of "Kevin Bailey" instead of to the company. The check was then cashed at the victim's local bank within minutes of the suspects departing her residence. We are awaiting photographs of the suspect from the bank and we will update this post once we receive them. If anyone has any information on "C&C Chimney Maintenance" or the name "Kevin Bailey," you are asked to please contact Det. Ron Linderman of the Central Berks Regional PD at 610-779-1100 EXT. 241 or rlinderman@centralberks.org.

The highlight of tonight’s Police Commission meeting was our new officers reciting the Oath of Office. Please welcome Officer Wes Erney, Officer Jeremy Smith, Officer Sulivette Sanchez, Officer David White, Officer John Verno, Detective Ron Linderman, and Officer Nick Phillips!

On Monday, 1/8/2018 at 2:38 AM, the male in the attached photographs entered the Pennside Redner’s at 801 Carsonia Avenue in Lower Alsace Township by smashing a large exterior window. The male went directly behind the main counter where the cigarettes are displayed but was quickly approached by two employees who were on location performing overnight store maintenance. The male fled the store through the broken window and is seen running away northbound on Carsonia Avenue to a parked unknown-type vehicle. Nothing was stolen from the store. This is the same location that was burglarized in a similar manner on 12/24/2017 where numerous cartons of cigarettes were stolen. The males who committed these two burglaries appear to be two separate and completely different individuals. A suspect was identified in the 12/24/2017 Redner's burglary and was arrested prior to this incident. We realize these photographs are not the best quality but if anyone is able to identify the male in this most recent incident, or if anyone has any information, they may contact CBRPD Det. Sgt. Deron Manndel at 610-779-1100 EXT. 235 or by e-mail at dmanndel@centralberks.org.

THE DOGS ARE NOW WITH THEIR OWNER!! Does anyone recognize these dogs? They were found above Antietam Lake at Mud Catch Trail around noon today and were brought to our office. The finders spoke to the owner, and she said she was going to come pick them up, but she hasn’t shown up yet. If they are not picked up by 3pm today, we’ll have to call ARL.

The Police Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, January 4, has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

Do YOU know what to look for in a "Phishing" email? Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and money), for malicious reasons, by disguising an email as being from a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The following email was actually just received by a CBRPD officer. The email originated from a Comcast account, which would be odd for a secure communication from a financial institution. And while the hyperlink (in blue) reads that it points to a legitimate looking target, it actually leads to a completely unrelated URL. This particular phishing attempt led the receiver to a BB&T-looking webpage that asked for a user name and password to verify your account activity. An unwary person would have just provided their login info to a hacker. But can anyone spot the error that should make one also be suspicious of this as a legitimate communication?

APPREHENDED!! The subject involved in this incident was identified and taken into custody on 1/2/18. On the evening of 12/24/2017 at approximately 7:45 PM, the male in the attached photographs entered the Pennside Redner’s at 801 Carsonia Avenue in Lower Alsace Township by smashing a large window. (No, this is not a Grinch story, although we wish it was).The male then went behind the main counter and stole a large amount of cartons of cigarettes. The male apparently injured himself breaking the window because there was a large amount of blood found on scene, some of which was collected for DNA comparison. If anyone is able to identify the male in the attached photographs, please contact DET. SGT. Deron Manndel at 610-779-1100 Ext. 235. Thank you.

Alert CBRPD officers were able to catch the suspect attempting entry into an additional residence. After a brief foot chase, the suspect fled in an unknown make vehicle. Officers engaged in a pursuit north on Friedensburg Rd into Oley Township. Officers broke off the pursuit in the interest of public safety, as the suspect was driving recklessly, even reportedly "leaving the road surface" on several occasions. The lead pursuit vehicle was only able to capture a partial image of the suspect vehicle, as the suspect's erratic driving made a clear photo impossible. The officer's pursuit reports the only verbal contact made with the suspect was hearing him yell, as he drove out of sight.... "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!!" Best wishes for a safe and joyous Christmas and Holiday Season to all our residents, from all of us here at CBRPD!

PROWLER BOLO (UPDATE): Please be advised that this is no longer a possible prowling suspect, but a confirmed burglary. Officers have obtained interior surveillance footage from a burglary just occurred showing the suspect matching the earlier description escaping the residence through the chimney. PA State Police helicopter has been requested, but is unavailable for flight. Officers are currently combing the area..... UPDATE: Residential inventory of this incident has shown that milk and cookies were reportedly stolen from the residence. Oddly, several wrapped packages were left behind...

POSSIBLE SUSPECT (UPDATE): Through the recent program which allows residents to share with CBRPD the fact that they have an exterior surveillance system, officers were able to obtain a possible still-frame of the suspect being sought for prowling. While the image is a bit grainy due to the poor lighting, it appears there are possibly animals involved with the suspect, as was questioned earlier. Please be on the lookout and again, do NOT approach this suspect if located!

BE ON THE LOOKOUT: CBRPD Officers responded to a report of a possible prowler spotted in the area, but have been unable to locate a suspect. Multiple reports, however, indicate this suspect may still be in the area. Suspect was described as an overweight male, unknown age but "older", wearing a red suit with what appeared to be white hair and a full beard. The male was reportedly seen on residents' rooftops. We will keep our residents updated as any additional information becomes available. PLEASE do not confront the suspect if seen!

CBRPD would like to proudly congratulate our own Det. Sgt. Deron Manndel on his recently being named "Police Officer of the Year" by the Berks Lodge #71 of the Fraternal Order of Police! Det. Sgt. Manndel was the lead investigator on a missing juvenile who was abducted by a parent back in November, 2014 when the child was only two years old. He quickly tracked the child to San Antonio, TX and then Austin, TX, but it became a dead end from there. "The Hunt with John Walsh" filmed an episode with Det. Sgt. Manndel detailing the case and those involved, which aired in September 2017. Two tips quickly came in putting her and the kids in Raymond, WA. They were all located less than 24 hours after the show aired! Det. Sgt. Manndel's efforts and dedication to our communities not only in this case but in all he does are an asset to this department, and the citizens we serve!

A set of keys was found this past Sunday between the gazebo and the old tennis courts at Carsonia Park. There are three very distinct keys attached to a carabiner, as well as a badge holder of some sort. Please call the Central Berks office to identify the color carabiner and at least one of the keys, and we'll make arrangements to get them back to you! 610-779-1100

We love puns here at CBRPD! And some lighthearted community banter on our FB page is always welcome. But when banter turns into racist, derogatory, or downright hateful commentary, that's entirely unacceptable. We are a community of communities - we encourage useful, helpful comments. But at no time will hate be tolerated on our page. Similarly, if you require the use of vulgar, obscene, or profane language to voice your opinion, we'd suggest the use of a thesaurus. We have community members of ALL ages who engage with us. Such posts will be deleted, and repeated violations will result in offending members being banned from the CBRPD Facebook page.

WE NEED YOUR HELP identifying the male in these photos. On Saturday, 12/2/17, at 8:05AM, this male pulled up in front of a business in the 2100 block of Perkiomen Avenue, opened the rear door of his SUV, and proceeded to steal a trash can that belongs to the business. The vehicle appears to be a tan Chevrolet Suburban with after-market rims. The male operator is bald and has a beard. If anyone is able to identify the male or the vehicle in these photos, please contact Officer Taimanglo.

To our residents: In recent times, our community members have been instrumental in helping solve investigations by the Central Berks Regional Police Department. In an effort to further enhance the success of our investigations, we are requesting contact information for Mount Penn, Saint Lawrence, or Lower Alsace Twp. residents whose homes have exterior video security systems and those residents who would like to volunteer to provide that exterior video surveillance footage to us should an incident occurs in/around their area. All of this information would be kept confidential and only to be used for investigations through the Central Berks Regional Police Department. If you have an exterior video security system and are willing to cooperate with the investigations by the Central Berks Police when needed, please send an EMAIL to dmanndel@centralberks.org with the following information: 1. Address of security cameras 2. Resident name, contact numbers and email 3. Any other pertinent information (ie: number of cameras, direction of cameras, etc). If anyone has any questions, please contact Det. Sgt. Deron Manndel at (610) 779-1100. Thank you in advance for your consideration in helping the Central Berks Police keep our community as safe as possible!

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The Central Berks Regional Police Department is attempting to identify the two males in the attached photograph relative to a Retail Theft that occurred on 11/15/2017 at approximately 5:40PM at 2544 Perkiomen Avenue in Mt Penn Borough. Both males ran out of the store with an item and were last seen running south on South 26th Street towards Fairview Avenue. They were described as younger white males. If anyone is able to identify the males in the attached photograph, please contact either Det. Sgt. Manndel or Ofc. Wayne Levey.