Capt. James Kimrey, new commander of the 2nd Police District, attended last week’s Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting.
Kimrey, who most recently was assigned to Philadelphia International Airport for nearly eight years, replaces Capt. Matt Deacon, who was transferred to the narcotics field unit.
Mark Mroz, community relations officer in the 2nd district, said retail thefts are “through the roof,” blaming District Attorney Larry Krasner for not prosecuting.
Mroz said it is “open season” for retail thefts. He said one man stole about $1,000 in goods each day for months at the Target, at Bustleton and Bleigh avenues.
Target’s unarmed security guards take a hands-off approach to thieves, according to Mroz.
“What good are they,” he said.
Target has since hired police officers to improve security.
In other news from the Dec. 20 meeting:
• Matt Smith, manager of the Acme at 6640 Oxford Ave., said his store offers vaccines, boosters and shots for the flu and shingles. A mask mandate remains in place.
Smith said the store, like others across the country, is affected by supply chain issues, citing canned cat food and juice boxes as two items particularly hard to find. He does not see an end in sight to the supply issue.
As for the city’s ban on plastic bags, Acme charges 10 cents per bag.
Smith brought coupons for 10 percent off a customer’s next shopping trip.
Acme is always hiring part-time workers. Apply at AcmeMarkets.com.
• State Sen. Tina Tartaglione’s office, 1061 Bridge St., is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment. Call 215-533-0440.
State Rep. Jared Solomon’s office, 7012 Castor Ave., is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. ••