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Area police are investigating a number of crimes, including thefts, crashes, a burglary and a fairly innovative retail theft case.

Chambersburg Police Log


ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DAMAGE – Chambersburg police are looking for a black Hyundai that struck a Borough owned One-Way sign in front of the Corpus Christi Parish Center on North Second St. sometime between 12:30 and 2:15 Friday morning and fled the scene. 

A Chambersburg Police officer found the crash scene while patrolling around 2:13 AM.  The Hyundai should have damage to the front of the vehicle and will be missing a portion of the front bumper. 

Accidents Involving Damage
Accidents Involving Damage

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chambersburg Police Department at 717-264-4131


THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE – Chambersburg Police responded to Mr. Tire at 810 Norland Ave on January 12, for a report of a theft from a motor vehicle.  It was reported that overnight, an unknown person removed two catalytic converters from a Ford F-150. 

Theft from a motor vehicle
Theft from a motor vehicle

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Chambersburg Police Department at (717) 264-4131

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BURGLARY – Chambersburg Police Department responded to 1567 South Main Street at 8:46 a.m. Jan. 16 for a report of a burglary.  The victim reported that someone entered the business and took cash from inside.  It is believed that the burglary occurred sometime overnight between the hours of 6 p.m. Wednesday and 7:15 a.m. Friday. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Chambersburg Police Department at (717) 264-4131


WARRANT DETAILS – Chambersburg police obtained an arrest warrant this week for Ryan Swisher, 40, Winchester, Va., on retail theft charges. Police said Swisher entered Kohl’s department store on Norland Avenue on three separate occasions, removed clothing from the shelves, then took the items to customer service and returned them as though he actually purchased the items.  Swisher received cashback for the items and is now wanted for Retail Theft. 

Ryan Swisher
Ryan Swisher

Anyone with information on the location of Swisher is asked to contact the Chambersburg Police Department at (717) 264-4131.


RETAIL THEFT – Chambersburg police have obtained arrest warrants for two women accused of stealing multiple vacuuming cleaners Tuesday from the Chambersburg Target store.

Police have warrants for Jennae James, 27, and Ayeisha Felton, 38, both of Carlisle. Police said the stolen vacuuming cleaners have a value of over $1,000.

James is described as 4’9” tall, weighing 200 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair.

Felton is described as 5’2” tall, weighing 185 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on James or Felton’s location is asked to contact the Chambersburg Police Department at (717) 264-4131.


ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DAMAGE – CPD officers were dispatched to the intersection of East King Street and North Seventh Street Tuesday for a report of a hit and run crash involving damage to a vehicle. The caller reported that one of the vehicles involved had fled the scene before providing any information.

A witness was able to write down the fleeing vehicle’s registration plate and through the investigation, the driver was identified as Geoffrey Potter, 59, Chambersburg. Potter admitted to fleeing the scene before police arrival due to his license being suspended for a DUI related incident.

Geoffrey Potter
Geoffrey Potter

Potter will be charged with one M3 count of Accidents involving damage.


CRIMINAL TRESPASS – CPD officers were dispatched to the 400 block of South Main Street Sunday for an individual yelling and pounding on the caller’s door. While responding, officers were advised the individual had broken into the house. Once officers arrived they found the suspect, James Satterfield Jr., 60, Chambersburg, standing in the house with the caller.

James Satterfield Jr.
James Satterfield Jr.

After investigation Satterfield was arrested and taken to Franklin County Jail on the charges of Felony Criminal Trespass, Possession of a controlled substance, and Possession of paraphernalia. 


Pennsylvania State Police Log

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT – A Chambersburg man escaped injury last week when he lost control of his pickup truck on Interstate 81 and it hit a guidewire.

Police said Melvin C.Wallace,36, was traveling north on the interstate highway when he tried to change lanes at mile marker 20 at 8:52 a.m. His 2002 Dodge Ram hit the guide rail on the west side of the highway and came to rest partially in the left lane.

Although Wallas was uninsured, his truck did not fare as well. It had disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.


ASSAULT – Pennsylvania State Police from the Chambersburg barracks are investigating a fight at a secure facility at the South Mountain Restoration Center Jan. 4. Police said two teenage boys at the center assaulted multiple staff members at 9 p.m. that day.

Involved were a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, both from Pittsburgh. Staff members included a 25-year-old woman from Shippensburg, a 30-year-old Mercersburg man, and a 45-year-old Gettysburg man.


ARREST – State Police from Chambersburg barracks arrested Ray Coldsmith, 39, on an active warrant at a residence on Rocky Springs Road at 12:46 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.

Local Crime News

Police log: Assaults, Trespass, Thefts, Mischief and Forgery

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Area police have been kept busy recently with a wide variety of incidents, investigating everything from assaults and forged currency to truant kids hanging out along the railroad tracks.
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