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Popeye's Receipt Leads to ID, Arrest of Accused Pottstown Teen [Update]

Jeremiah White, 19, of the 400 block of North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, allegedly stole a Ford Expedition on Jan. 5 from Norristown, and later crashed it in a Hatfield Township accident, police said

Jeremiah White's stomach allegedly got him in trouble with the law.

A Popeye's receipt and a cell phone left behind in a stolen 1998 Ford Expedition involved in a Hatfield Township accident led to the arrest of the suspect — a Pottstown teen.

Jeremiah White, 19, allegedly stole a 1998 Ford Expedition from Norristown on Jan. 5, 2013, crashed it on Jan. 18 in Hatfield Township and then allegedly fled from the scene of the accident, police said.

Now, he faces felony charges in Montgomery County court.

On Jan. 25, Hatfield Township Police arrested White, of the 400 block of North Charlotte Street, and charged him with felony receiving stolen property, misdemeanor accidents involving damage to another vehicle, failing to stop and render aid and following a vehicle too closely, according to court records.

White was arraigned Jan. 25 before District Judge Andrea Duffy, who set bail at $15,000 cash, according to court records.

White remains incarcerated at Montgomery County prison.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. before Duffy in Montgomeryville, according to court records.

Here's what went down:

On Jan. 18, 2013, at 6 p.m., Hatfield Township Police responded to Cowpath Road and North Broad Street for a report of a two-vehicle accident, police said.

Lansdale Patch exclusively updated the public about the crash and subsequent incidents on its Facebook page.

Responding officers learned that the driver of a 1998 Ford Expedition had fled on foot, police said. 

The Expedition was reported stolen from Norristown on Jan. 5, 2013, police said. Officer Keith Bell discovered this information using JNET, according to the affidavit.

A witness told police he was stopped southbound on Cowpath Road, north of North Broad Street, when the driver of the Expedition behind him failed to stop, police said, striking the rear of the witness's 2005 Chevrolet Malibu.

The witness saw the driver, described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a dark sweatshirt, move across the seats, exit the passenger side and flee west, according to the affidavit.

The Expedition still had its engine running, with the keys in the ignition, police said. 

A receipt from Popeye's on North Broad Street in Hatfield Township was found by Officer Michael Sloan, dated Jan. 16, 2013, 9:49 p.m.

A Metro PCS cell phone was also found in the vehicle, police said.

Detective Thomas Starner reviewed video surveillance of Popeye's on that date and time, and saw the Expedition on video in the drive through, operated by a black male, with a thin build and wearing a dark sweatshirt, according to the affidavit.

Starner got a search warrant for the cell phone, according to the affidavit.

The cell phone turned out to be owned by White's grandmother, who let White use her phone, according to the affidavit.

Using JNET, Starner was able to identify White from his driver license's photograph as the alleged driver of the stolen Expedition, according to the affidavit.

According to court records, this is White's first criminal arrest in Montgomery County and in Pennsylvania.

This is a prior article, which was updated Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Mineyabuisness February 02, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Smh those who have ignorant things to say are ignorant people Hope you don't have a injury or have too go in a store & need help A black person maybe the only person there to help you He is just another kid LOST in the system Don't judge a book by it's cover Miah hold ya head up youngin Come home soon We waitn for ya Everybody makes mistake
PaDriverWatch February 04, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Dan Sokil from The Reporter currently in the courtroom for Smith's appearance https://twitter.com/dansokil
Why me February 06, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Miah mommy luv u sorry for failing u..............
just saying again February 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
how about looking at the kids criminal records!!!! its all public knowledge... this plus the one that he just hijacked a persons car, and in 2012 3 other criminal records... yeah a kid is a kid my tailend...
bunz bread April 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM
yall whites eat chicken too and want to black soooo bad......look at the white kids see who they are trying to be like..... us black's people!!! pottstown in red neck town

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