More than one-fifth of the arrests that Bridgeville police officers made in 2017 were related to calls from the Rite-Aid store on Chartiers Street.
Of the 223 arrests in made Bridgeville last year, 51 took place at Rite-Aid, police chief Chad King told borough council during his annual rundown of local crime stats on Monday.
The silver lining might be that overall police calls to Rite-Aid were down 17% from 2016 (148 vs. 180), and Rite-Aid arrests were down 32% from 2016 (51 vs. 76).
Because of the store’s proximity to the bus line, interstate, and addiction-treatment facilities, Bridgeville’s Rite-Aid is a convenient spot for drug addicts looking to shoplift items that they can quickly sell for cash.
Some people have been caught shoplifting while waiting to get their prescriptions filled.
Below is a summary of King’s briefing from Monday’s council meeting:
2017 Bridgeville Police Crime Summary
2,790 – Police calls
148 – Calls to Rite-Aid
223 – Total Arrests
51 – Arrests at Rite-Aid
32 – DUI Arrests
23 – Drug Arrests
10 – Nonfatal Drug Overdoses
4 – Fatal Drug Overdoses
7 – Narcan-Prevented OD Deaths
452 – Traffic Citations