Super 8 Theft Investigation

On 10/16/2018, between 6:10 and 6:25 AM, a heavy-set black male in his late 50’s- early 60’s entered the Super 8 Hotel on Hockersville Road in Hershey.

The suspect entered through the main lobby where he manipulated the security camera to face away from the vending machine area.  He then proceeded to pry open the lock on the vending machine and remove all the currency inside.

The suspect fled in a black or dark colored SUV, possibly a Saturn Vue or older Nissan Pathfinder.  The suspect was wearing a Vietnam Veteran (or similar) hat and a Wounded Warrior sweatshirt.  He had on white sneakers and walked with a slight limp.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect can contact Officer Greg Mowery at 717-534-2202.


Sunglass Hut Theft Investigation

The Derry Township Police Department is investigating a retail theft that occurred Sunday, 9/30/18, at the Sunglass Hut in the Tanger Outlets.

The two suspects (pictured below) are described as a white male, mid/late 20’s, thin build, crew cut brown hair, thin beard with mustache.  He was wearing a dark blue jacket with the letter “H” on the left breast. The other suspect is a white female, mid/late 20’s, thin build, long hair with blonde highlights, wearing an olive-green jacket and jeans.  The suspects took sunglasses from the shelf and exited the store without paying for them. The value of the sunglasses has not yet been determined.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Derry Township Police Department at (717)534-2202.



Derry Township Police Department Joins Forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region for “Bigs in Blue” 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) launched a new “Bigs in Blue” partnership with the Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District. Police officers participating in the “Bigs in Blue” program spend quality time as mentors to students at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School.

The program is a national initiative which was launched locally in 2016. Today’s kick-off marks the 10th “Bigs in Blue” partnership in BBBSCR’s service area. The kick-off was held at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School and dignitaries from all partners spoke on the benefits of this program.

“Our local program has grown substantially in just two short years, not only because it provides one-to-one mentoring for kids who need them but also because it supports our local police departments,” remarks BBBSCR President & CEO Maddie Young. “The officers participating in Bigs in Blue support these students as they face various transitions and become not just a friend but a vital role model,” says Young. “Recently, two students in the Bigs in Blue program were asked what career they wanted to pursue and both responded to say they wanted to be police officers to help protect people. This program improves perceptions of police officers in our schools and communities.”

For the Derry Township Chief of Police Garth Warner, the department’s participation “is a natural extension of what our Officers do, day-in and day-out for their community. It allows our Officers to act as mentors to those Littles who are in need, hopefully changing their outlook on their world, as well as their perception of what police officers stand for, work for, and represent. It also allows our Officers to get to know the youth in our community on a different level and, hopefully, breaking down barriers between us.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are evidence-based; students in the programs develop strong relationships with adults, reduce risky behavior and maintain or develop positive attitudes towards education including improved academics and pursuit of college education.

“This partnership embodies the district’s mission of being a community cultivating an extraordinary learning environment,” states Derry Township School District Superintendent Joseph McFarland. “Learning can occur in many places and teaching is not limited to the classroom. I’m fond of saying ‘It all begins with relationships.’ Here, we all benefit from the relationships we are building here – both those between the community partners who have joined together to make this possible and those who will serve as mentors or participants in the Bigs in Blue program.”

Derry Township’s “Bigs in Blue” program is made possible by funding from The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. The program is also generously supported by the Walmart Foundation.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 35 years, BBBSCR has kept its promise by expertly crafting and maintaining compatible mentoring matches between Littles (at-risk youth) and Bigs (mature volunteers) in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry counties. Our commitment includes using evidence-based best practices to achieve personalized outcomes and support matches throughout their life (one to ten years). Contributions in all forms are vital to fulfilling the agency’s mission. BBBSCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the PA Bureau of Charities, and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more information, visit the BBBSCR website at



Derry Township Police Department’s K9 Heli to get donation of body armor

Derry Township Police Department’s K9 Heli will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Heli’s vest is sponsored by Renee Thomas of Chandler, AZ and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed ”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

The Derry Township Police Department, Friends of Derry Township Police K9 Foundation, and Heli’s partner, Officer Andrew Condran are very grateful for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and the work they do to provide protection for our trusted and valued canine partners.