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UPDATE: Hatboro Police Release Sketch of Armed Robber

An armed robbery on Monday caused the Crooked Billet Elementary School to be locked down.

An apartment robbery on County Line Road spurred to alert administrators at to prevent anyone from exiting Monday morning, police said.

Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said the robbery occurred in the 200 block of East County Line Road at 10:09 a.m. A 30-year-old resident of the Livingstone apartment complex reported that as she was entering the common entrance to her apartment building she observed a black male sitting on the stairway in the building. As she walked to her apartment with her 2-year-old daughter, the male allegedly confronted her, presented a knife, and pushed the woman and child into their apartment and shut her door.

Police said he demanded money. The victim surrendered an undisclosed amount of money and the subject left the apartment in an unknown direction of travel.  

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 40 years of age, tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black hooded sweat jacket with a zipper, black pants and black boots. The victim said the suspect looked as if he were homeless.  

Hatboro police were assisted in searching for the suspect by officers from the Warminster Police Department and Upper Moreland Police Department, including an Upper Moreland canine unit. The was notified of this incident as the apartment complex is in close proximity to Crooked Billet Elementary School. 

School officials said the school was briefly locked down for about an hour Monday morning.

Administrators secured the building and kept all students indoors until further notice was given by emergency personnel. Administrators implemented Crooked Billet’s Emergency Management Plan to respond to the lockdown and help its students, educators and staff members manage the situation.

At 11:30 a.m., police lifted the lockdown and normal activity resumed at the school. Crooked Billet parents were notified via e-mail blast Monday morning.

“Our morning kindergarten students were safely dismissed and students were able to enjoy outdoor recess activities,” Crooked Billet Elementary Principal Kári Davita King-Hill said in a press release. “All students remained calm during the lockdown and continued to work in their classrooms.”

Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to contact the Hatboro Police Department at 215-675-2832. Police advised not to confront this suspect as he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Leave the cops alone March 31, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Why are there no comments about all the crime on the neighboring patches, it is only on this one. It is the same people attacking council and the police department. Btw Hatboro is not a township it is a borough. And the chamber cancelled first Friday not the township, I mean borough. Ask the chamber why because the past president of the chamber ran them in the poor house and they couldn't pay for the added services, now the taxpayers have to bail them out and take them off main street where they belong and give them reduced rent in Boro hall and still support all their events, so give council and the police department a break.
Sean Patrowich March 31, 2012 at 08:52 PM
What's that have to do with more violent crime in Hatboro? And fine, we can call it a "Borough Watch"
frankly frank March 31, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Why does the taxpayer have to pick up the cost of a failed chamber? Sounds like a pay back to me. Either way it’s bad politics. Picking on the cops? Please. We should demand the best from all our public employees and not settle for less and turn our head. That’s what got us into this situation.
Concerned resident April 01, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I agree with Pat. People should be involved in the town watch but no one wants to get "involved" - then when something bad happens they'll be the first to complain!
Kathy Leaycraft April 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Beaulahbb, thank you for confirming what Nixle is not saying on their website. Depending on the price, I still believe Nixle is a very, very effective tool for crime prevention, catching the "bad guys" and keeping residents informed. Did your contact in UM tell you how much they pay for the service? No, I don't work for the Borough.

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