Burholme residents hear about spike in thefts from autos

Mark Mroz, the community relations officer in the 2nd Police District, last week provided a crime update for members of the Burholme Community Civic Association.

Mroz cautioned people about leaving their cars unlocked, since there has been a big increase in thefts from autos.

The officer said business owners, school officials, political office workers and Town Watch members are invited to join the 2nd Police District Advisory Council. Email Mark.Mroz@phila.gov.

Mroz said the 2nd district needs to hire 16 crossing guards. The deadline to apply is March 6. Visit www.phila.gov/jobs.

Mroz criticized District Attorney Larry Krasner for refusing to prosecute a motorcyclist pulled over on the 500 block of Rosalie St. for having no tags. The man had a suspended license and a large amount of pot.

Former 2nd district Lt. Ron Janka was promoted to captain and assigned to internal affairs. New Lt. Ed Pisarek will attend Burholme’s meeting next month.

The 2nd district will host a teen talk on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in its roll call room, 2831 Levick Street.

In other news, Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave., will hold a used book sale on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a birthday party, with games and refreshments, for Robert Ryerss on Sunday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Burholme Community Town Watch will meet on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Wesley Enhanced Living, 7040 Oxford Ave. The April 9 meeting will feature candidates in the primary election. ••