For those that need to call in an incident, but do not want their information broadcast over the Police radio net, please follow the following procedure:
The caller contacts the Dispatch Center at 238-9676 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). When the Dispatcher answers, the caller must advise that they are a "Reluctant Complaintant." The Dispatcher will take the caller's information, including name and contact information. However, that information will not be broadcast. The Police would call on the telephone later to get the contact information. If supplemental contact with the complainant is necessary, the Police then have the information to contact the original caller. The caller's name is not publicly known and the complaint will be checked as soon as possible.
The Mechanicsburg Police Department is open to serve the needs of Borough Residents from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, except for Holidays. A 24 hour depository is available for parking tickets and correspondence.
The Mechanicsburg Police Department is a proactive, full-service, 24 hour a day police operation. While providing essential patrol functions remains the primary duty, we offer a wide range of additional services. The Department has a Criminal Investigation Unit that investigates major crimes and works with the Patrol force to resolve other offenses.
The Bicycle Unit complements normal patrol and provides added visibility throughout the Borough. The Department is active in community programs including D.A.R.E. and Crime Watch. To increase effectiveness and responsiveness to the community, most Officers have individualized special training in specific areas of law enforcement such as Motor Carrier Safety inspections, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, Crimes Against Children, Sex Crimes, Crime Prevention, Computer Crime, Speed Enforcement and Community Relations. We participate in various regional, state and national task forces and associations to share information and enhance efficiency.
Address: 36 W. Allen Street, 2nd Floor
Phone: (717) 691-3300
Non-Emergency Dispatch: 238-9676
News and Updates
IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE NEEDED
SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD
The Mechanicsburg Police Department is in immediate need of a School Crossing Guard to assist the Police Department and the Mechanicsburg School District with the safety of our school children.
This part-time position pays $10.00 per shift. Afternoon shifts, lasting 40 minutes each, are available. Dependability is required. Several people may combine to cover one crossing during the course of any given week. Training and equipment will be provided.
Applications may be obtained at:
MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPT.
36 West Allen St.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Posted: April 18, 2013
The Mechanicsburg Police Department is investigating a fraud case involving an item listed for sale on Craig’s List. The victim listed an item on Craig’s List and was contacted by a potential buyer. The buyer sent a check for a substantial amount over the asking price of the item explaining to the victim that he was to deposit the check into his bank account and then disperse the overage to the buyer’s “shipper” who would pick up the items at the victim’s residence. The victim felt that something was not right with the situation and did not deposit the check. The victim did take the check to a local Bank that confirmed it was not valid.
The Mechanicsburg Police Department wants to remind potential sellers of items that they could attract persons looking to defraud them. You should be careful with the information that you release to buyers as well as with any check that might be presented to you. When someone sends you a check for an amount over the selling price asking that you deposit it and return money to them the potential for it to be a scam is very high.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 3/16/13
Edgar Caraballo, 22, was arrested today regarding an incident that was reported in April 2012. A 14 year old girl reported to police that she and a friend were at Caraballo’s residence located at 99 W. Portland St. in January 2012, that they were given marijuana by him and Caraballo had sex with the 14 year old Victim in a bedroom at the apartment.
Caraballo was charged with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 3/16/13The Cumberland County Drug Task Force and the Mechanicsburg Police Department conducted a search warrant in which drugs, drug paraphernalia and a handgun were found at 423 W. Main St. in the Borough of Mechanicsburg. During the incident, Irvin was arrested at the residence and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia charges, tampering with evidence and multiple firearms charges.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 12/6/12 at approximately 2134 hrs., the Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to the 300 block of East Main Street for a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival it was learned that the occupants of the apartment were held up at gun point and cash and drugs were taken. Two of the individuals were reportedly struck in the head with a gun by one of the individuals involved. Two of the four individuals have been identified and were taken into custody. Vaughn Crane was arrested on an arrest warrant on 12/7/12 and was transported to the Cumberland County Prison. He was charged with Robbery, Theft and Burglary. Patrick Bordner, Jr. turned himself in on 12/17/12 and a preliminary hearing was held on 12/19/12. Charges of Robbery, Theft, Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Theft and Burglary were all bound over to Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas. Both individuals are currently out on bail. Police are still actively investigating to determine the other individuals involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at 691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT A pedestrian (Aaron Babner) was crossing the street at E. Marble St. and Shepherdstown Rd. on 12/10/2012 at about 2157hrs when he was struck by a motorist (Jane Sock). Babner sustained a leg injury and was transported to Hershey Medical Center by West Shore EMS. He was treated and released. The investigation is ongoing.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 11/15/2012 at about 1819hrs Hemps Above, located at 105 N Arch St. in Mechanicsburg was held up. An unidentified suspect entered the store, produced a crowbar and an older looking revolver with a wooden handle and demanded money. The suspect made off with cash. The employees at the store were unharmed. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’11” with a slender build and blue eyes. The suspect was wearing a dark purple ski mask with teal colored trim around the eyes and mouth hole. He was also wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and gloves. Anyone with information on the suspect or the robbery is asked to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 11/4/2012 at about 2255 hrs, the Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to the Pizza Hut, located at 610 E. Simpson St. Mechanicsburg for a hold up alarm. Upon arrival, it was learned that a robbery occurred moments earlier.
The suspect was seen entering the business through the front doors wearing a ski mask and carrying a weapon. The suspect was described as a white male, late teens, early 20’s, dressed in darker clothing. The male suspect escaped with an ample amount of cash. The male fled the scene on foot.
Anyone with information on the suspect or who may have witnessed the incident should call the Mechanicsburg Police Department at (717)691-3300.
NEWS RELEASE – HURRICANE SANDY EMERGENCY
DATE OF RELEASE: October 29, 2012 1:50 PM
The Borough of Mechanicsburg has issued an Emergency Declaration regarding Hurricane Sandy, effective immediately.
The worst of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the Borough late this afternoon and continue into Tuesday. Heavy rain and sustained high winds are forecast.
Flooding in multiple areas of the Borough is expected. While all roads are open at this time, standing water is already beginning to accumulate in various locations.
Motorists are cautioned that driving around barricades is illegal and subject to a citation and fine.
Standing water presents particular hazards and motorists should not drive through standing water even if there are no barricades.
At this time, there are no travel restrictions in the Borough. However, all people are urged to refrain from driving unless absolutely necessary.
Please be aware that Police and other Borough workers will be out in the storm so please watch out for their safety as well as all people who must be out during this time of danger.
Trash collection in the Borough has been suspended until further notice. Residents are directed not to place any trash out for collection until trash service starts again.
Leaf collection in the Borough has been suspended until Friday, November 2, 2012. Residents are directed not to place any leaves on the street or curb areas until November 2, 2012. This will help prevent storm culverts from becoming clogged.
Please check with the Borough Website, www.mechanicsburgborough.org for future updates.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 10/27/12 at approximately 1930 Hrs., the Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of N. Walnut St. and E. Green St. for a pedestrian that was struck. Upon arrival it was learned that a vehicle, operated by Janet Coleman of Mechanicsburg, was traveling north on N. Walnut St. The vehicle struck a pedestrian who was crossing N. Walnut St., walking westbound. The pedestrian, Patrick Hefflefinger, suffered injuries to his head and shoulder. Hefflefinger was transported via Life Lion to Hershey Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. The Police Department was assisted on the scene by West Shore EMS, Washington Fire Company and Mechanicsburg Fire Police. The crash is still under investigation and anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT On 10/25/2012 at about 2237hrs the victim was in his vehicle in the parking lot of 30 N Market St. the Magical Incense Shop. As the victim got out of his vehicle an unidentified suspect pulled the victim out and pressed something to his head. The victim was forced to the ground and struck, the suspect went through the victim’s pockets and vehicle and made off with several items including a large amount of cash and a cell phone.
The suspect is described as a black male with a dark beard about 5’11”. He was wearing a light colored knit cap with bill, a dark button down long sleeve shirt and light colored blue jeans.
Anyone with information on the suspect or who may have witnessed the incident should call the Mechanicsburg Police Department at (717) 691-3300
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT on 10/18/12 the Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to 231 West Main Street for a report of criminal mischief. Upon the officer’s arrival they spoke to the victim, William Walker. Walker advised that sometime between the evening hours of 10/17/12 and 8:00am in 1018/12, two pieces of railing were vandalized. The railing was located in the parking lot to the rear of 231 West Main Street. A $500.00 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact he Mechanicsburg Police Department anonymous tip line at 717-691-3309.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 10/16/12, at approximately 0940 hrs., the Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Shepherdstown Road for an active hit and run crash. Upon arrival the struck vehicle was located and the driver was still inside the vehicle. It was learned that the struck vehicle was travelling northbound on Shepherdstown Road and upon stopping for a dog running across the street the vehicle was struck in the rear. The driver pulled over and the striking vehicle left the scene. The striking vehicle was described as being a gold in color sedan, similar to a Nissan Altima. The driver of the striking vehicle was described as being a white male, possibly in his late 20s or early 30s. The driver of the struck vehicle was transported to Hershey Medical Center by ambulance. Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Mechanicsburg Police Department at (717) 691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 8/18/12, at or around 0238 hours in the morning, the Mechanicsburg Police Department responded to the 1st block of W. Green St. in an attempt to locate a 17 year old female who had initially contacted family and friends in Palmerton, PA in regards to being assaulted by 53 year old John Jay Firestone.
The Victim, who was staying with Firestone at the time of the call, reported to friends that Firestone assaulted her. Her friends and family ultimately contacted the police after the Victim sent text messages to them about the incident.
Upon officer’s arrival in the area, they did make contact with the Victim who reported that Firestone had picked her up in Palmerton that evening and drove her to his residence where he gave her alcohol and assaulted her in a sexual manner.
Firestone was arraigned before MDJ Howell and released on $5,000 bail.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 9/19/12 at approximately 2100 hrs., Location of Incident: The area of N. York Street, West Marble Street, West Coover Street and South Washington Street.
On the above date and time Officers from the Mechanicsburg Borough Police Department were dispatched for an active hit and run. Upon arrival Officers were advised a dark in color Chevrolet Trailblazer was involved in an active pursuit of a possible red Geo. According to witnesses the Trailblazer struck the car and crashed the red Geo into a telephone pole located on South Washington Street. Both vehicles fled the area after the incident with the Trailblazer still in pursuit of the red Geo. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact The Mechanicsburg Borough Police Department @ 691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 9/12/12 at approximately 1748 hrs., the Mechanicsburg Police Department, with the assistance of the Cumberland County Special Response Team, served a search warrant in the 800 block of Old Silver Spring Road. Eric Burlison, was taken into custody and transported to the Cumberland County Prison where he was awaiting arraignment for charges of Receiving Stolen Property, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 8/23/12 On 7/23/12 at 9:50AM the suspect entered the CVS store at the address listed and took merchandise, then left the store with said merchandise without paying. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’11” with a slender build and a tattoo on his left forearm. The suspect was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and black hat. He was last seen riding a black BMX style bike from the store. Surveillance was obtained and a photo of the suspect can be viewed here.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 8/16/12 The Mechanicsburg Police Department has recovered a lost parrot. It was recovered on 8/15/12 when it flew inside a local business through an open garage door. The bird is "banded" and anyone with information regarding a possible owner is asked to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 8/5/2012 The Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to a crash in the 1st Block of W. Simpson St. A west bound vehicle struck a parked vehicle causing the striking vehicle to over turn. The driver was transported to Holy Spirit Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The Mechanicsburg Police Department is investigating the crash and anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at 691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 8/1/2012 The Mechanicsburg Police Department is investigating two reports of damage to vehicles. The first incident took place in the 200 Block of W. Locust St. A blue Jeep Grand Cherokee had the passenger side door damaged by a sharp object being used to make circles and to write a vulgar word in the vehicle’s paint. This incident took place sometime between Monday 23 July 2012 and Saturday 28 July 2012. The second incident took place in the 500 Block of W. Simpson St. In this case three vehicles were damaged. One vehicle had the rear sliding glass window broken out, one vehicle had the windshield cracked and the driver’s side mirror was broken, the third vehicle had both the passenger side and driver’s side mirror broken out. These vehicles were damaged some time between 5pm on Monday 30 July 2012 and 8am on Tuesday 31 July 2012. It is unknown at this time if these incidents are related. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 7/26/2012 Jason A. Doughty was arrested yesterday in regards to an incident that occurred on the 21st of April 2012 when he filed a false police report involving vehicle damage. Doughty called the police on the 21st to report that his wife’s vehicle windshield was damaged by an unknown subject while it was parked to the rear of 18 W. Main St. Upon investigating the incident, it was found that Doughty made up the claim.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 7/25/2012 The Mechanicsburg Police Department is investigating a two vehicle head on crash that occurred in the 500 block of North York Street on 07/25/12 at approximately 1130 hours. Investigation found that a silver in color Toyota sedan, traveling northbound in the 500 block of North York Street, traveled into the opposite lane (southbound lane), and ended up striking a blue in color Ford Escape head on. Both the 17 year old driver and 10 year old passenger of the silver sedan were transported to Hershey Medical Center. The driver of the blue in color Ford was flown by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center. Anyone who might have witnessed the crash or has information is asked to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 7/7/2012 Forty-six year old, Dawn H. Meussner, of Philadelphia, was arrested on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 1429 hours, when she passed a fraudulent prescription at the CVS located in the Borough of Mechanicsburg. Meussner was taken into custody after she left the store with a prescription of oxycodone that she obtained illegally with a fraudulent and forged prescription order out of New Jersey. Meussner was committed to the Cumberland County Prison where she was arraigned and given $5,000 bail.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 7/5/2012 Paul E. Forrester Sr. was arrested today in regards to an incident that occurred on the 20th of March 2012 at 2158 hours when a female family member accused him of sexually assaulting her earlier in the morning while she was in bed. Forrester Sr. was also accused of sexually assaulting the same female family members several years ago and was charged for both incidents. Forrester Sr. was arraigned at MDJ Martin’s office and committed to the Cumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail.
PRESS RELEASE: MECHANICSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT 6/6/2012
The Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to the 1ST block of West Simpson Street for an indecent exposure. The victim stated that as she was driving, she saw a male walking on the sidewalk expose his genitals to her. The victim described the suspect as a white male, in his 30’s, 6’ tall, 180 lbs., wearing a dark t-shirt and black shorts, with short dark hair. He was last seen walking westbound on W. Simpson St. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300.
PRESS RELEASE - MECHANICSBURG BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT 6/4/2012 Chris Peters was taken into custody for a bench warrant. Further investigation lead to Peters being arrested by the Mechanicsburg Police Department for Failure to Comply with Registration of Sexual Offender Requirements, a felony of the third degree. Peters was transported to the Cumberland County Prison and was awaiting arraignment at the time of this release.
PRESS RELEASE- MECHANICSBURG BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT 5/12/2012 The Mechanicsburg Police Department was dispatched to E. Simpson St. at Shepherdstown Rd. for a crash at 9:50 AM. Thomas Witman Jr. was eastbound when he struck the rear of another vehicle which had slowed for traffic. Witman sustained a head injury and had to be extricated from his vehicle by fire personnel. He was flown by Life Lion to Hershey Medical Center. The occupants of the struck vehicle were not injured and were able to drive their vehicle from the scene. West Shore EMS, Washington Fire Co., Citizens Fire & Rescue, and Mechanicsburg Fire Police assisted at the scene.
PRESS RELEASE - MECHANICSBURG BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT 4/20/2012-Glenda Kell was eastbound on West Main Street at 1100 hrs and turned left in front of Ashley Pearl, who was westbound on Main Street. Kell was transported to Holy Spirit Hospital by West Shore EMS for treatment of minor injuries. The accident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300
PRESS RELEASE - MECHANICSBURG BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT - 4/16 Kevin Ensminger, of the 100 block of W. Main St., was arrested today for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled substance and several lesser drug related charges. The arrest is related to a retail theft in which Ensminger stole a drill from a local business. A search warrant was conducted on Ensminger’s residence for the drill and police discovered multiple marijuana plants and related paraphernalia. Ensminger was arraigned by MDJ Martin and was released on $5,000 bail.
PRESS RELEASE – MECHANICSBURG BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT
On 4/11/12, a witness called Cumberland County 911 to report that an individual operating a Penske rental truck attempted to steal a shopping cart at the Giant Food Stores in Silver Spring Township. The witness followed the truck as it left the parking lot of the store. The witness continued following the truck where police officers were able to finally make contact with the driver and occupants of the truck. Investigation into the incident revealed that the Penske Truck was listed as stolen from Linden, New Jersey. The driver of the truck, identified as David English, was taken into custody and charged with Receiving Stolen Property. The occupants of the truck were released from the scene as they were found to have had no knowledge of the truck having been stolen. English was taken to the Cumberland County Prison and arraigned. He was committed to the Prison after arraignment, with bail being set at $10,000. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled to occur in front of MDJ Martin. The truck was impounded by the Mechanicsburg Police Department. The Mechanicsburg Police Department was assisted on the scene by Silver Spring and Upper Allen Township Police.
Mechanicsburg Police Department – Press Release-3/30/2012
On March 30, 2012, at approximately 0930 hrs., the Mechanicsburg Police Department received a report of an attempted luring in the area of East Schoolside Drive and North Arch Street. The victim, a seven year old female, was between her residence and school at approximately 0745 hrs., when an unknown, light skin black male, possibly in his twenties or thirties attempted to lure the female into a red in color vehicle. The male was wearing a red jacket and blue jeans and has dark hair. Anyone who may have witnessed anything or has information about this incident is asked to contact Mechanicsburg Police Department at 717-691-3300.
Going on vacation? The Mechanicsburg Police now do house checks. Click here for more information.
Want to request a house check? Click here for the form.
From left to right - Sergeant Pellman, McGruff the Crime Dog, Mayor Jack Ritter, Jack Baker and James Strader
CURRENT EVENTS – January 2011
MECHANICSBURG BOROUGH PREPARES FOR EMERGENCIES WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART NOTIFICATION SYSTEM. Click here for more information.
Mechanicsburg has begun using an Emergency Notification System developed by Global Connect, which gives us the ability to call all of our residents, staff members or volunteers within minutes. If you have a published home telephone number, that information will be automatically entered into the database. You can opt-in to the system with your unlisted home number, cell number and/or e-mail address by completing information on the form. If you wish to opt-out of receiving these emergency notifications, you will have the opportunity to opt-out when you receive the first notification.
- Like any Community, the Borough has ongoing criminal activity to investigate. Anyone with information about any crimes in the Borough is respectfully requested to contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department and provide whatever information you have. Likewise, our residents are urged to immediately call 238-9676 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency) whenever they see or know of active criminal activity.
A series of incidents occurred the week of April 5, 2010 on the west side of town. A total of 10 vehicles were damaged by someone throwing rocks and cinderblocks through the windows. While these crimes occurred on several different nights, it is believed the same person or persons are responsible for all the damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Police Department.
Everyone has a role in maintaining the Borough as a good place to live and work. You can help reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim by following the steps below.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY
When on vacation or away from home, even for a few minutes, lock your doors and windows. Leave your lights on, perhaps even a radio and consider the use of “timers.” Have a trusted friend, family member or neighbor gather mail and newspapers and check on your property when you are away. Be sure your lawns are maintained, snow is removed and garbage containers are properly placed to make your home appear that you are “home.” Keep an inventory, including serial numbers, of your personal property. Remove briefcases, purses and other valuable property from you vehicle when you park it, close the windows and lock the doors.
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
Do not give any personal information, including your full name, address, date of birth or social security number to anyone unless you are positive you are dealing with a reputable business or person. There are many different frauds and con games occurring daily all across the country, including our Borough. The popularity of computers has only increased this problem and made it easier for criminals to attempt these fraudulent attacks. If you have any doubt, please contact the Mechanicsburg Police Department.
MECHANICSBURG NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH PROGRAM
The Crime Watch Program is comprised of residents who have joined together to help prevent crime in the Mechanicsburg area. By employing the crime prevention measures outlined in the program, area break-ins and thefts can be greatly reduced. All residents are invited to attend the meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Senior Citizens Center on Portland Street. A representative of the Police Department gives a summary of criminal activity in the Borough each meeting and various guest speakers address a variety of topics for discussion. The Crime Watch Program has been endorsed by the Mayor of Mechanicsburg and the Police Department.