MAYOR GRAY & THANK YOU, LT. WEAVER!
Mayor Gray, you need to immediately open an investigation into the Lancaster Police Department to determine if they were following police procedures for a pursuit in the city.
There are numerous witnesses who state the police were pursuing the suspect’s truck at a very high rate of speed when it crashed into 126 N. Ann Street making the house uninhabitable and in need of massive repairs.
Luckily, no one was injured, either in the house or on the street – but this reckless pursuit by the Lancaster Police could have resulted in an even worse catastrophe. The public needs and deserves answers and we expect them!
East Lampeter Police Lt. Robin Weaver said this afternoon by phone that his department has the video from the WalMart of the two men suspected of stealing two TV’s and then ramming their truck into a house on North Ann Street in Lancaster.
He said the video has not been released because they are confident they can identify the men and make an arrest. He said, “We have the video and we have the truck. The truck has not been reported as stolen.”
He said he does not know if the Lancaster police were in pursuit when the truck crashed. He did say they left the WalMart so quickly that one of the TV’s was thrown from the bed of the truck and they were last seen traveling at a high rate of speed west towards Lancaster.
Asked about injuries the men may have suffered in the crash, he said if there is blood in the truck that should “lock it up.” He said the truck is currently in the hands of the Lancaster Police Department. He also said he feels absolutely confident an arrest should be made shortly.
LIP News has a statement from a witness stating that there was visible blood in the truck.
Please see immediately below for the breaking news as this story unfolded today and the press release from the East Lampeter Police and there will be much more tomorrow.
***I just spoke to Lt. Robin Weaver of the East Lampeter Township Police and he sent this press release and told me a great deal more which will follow shortly:
ELTPD received information that a retail theft of televisions had occurred at Walmart. It was reported that a White male and a dark skinned male each placed 50 inch Sanyo flatscreen telvisions, valued at $996.00 each, into shopping carts and ran towards the exit. The suspects loaded the televisions into the bed of a silver GMC Sierra pickup truck and exited the parking lot at a high rate of speed. As the truck was exiting the lot one of the TV’s fell out of the truck onto the roadway. It was later discovered that the suspect vehicle had crashed into a residence in the 100 blk of N. Ann St. The second television was still in the bed of the vehicle and was recovered. The suspects were not located. Investigation continues.
** A high speed police chase through Lancaster over a stolen TV has caused this house at 126 N. Ann Street to be declared unsafe. Where are the descriptions, Lancaster Police? Where is the video from the Walmart store?
* The house at 126 N. Ann Street has been condemned! Click here for video of the crash and stolen 50″ TV. Witnesses report two white men jumped out of the truck. There is no further description at this time. Above photos courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.
HOUSE DAMAGED BECAUSE OF STOLEN TV!
Witnesses say that the crash was a result of a police chase, that the truck was traveling down a one way street and that two people fled the scene of the crash.