Cheltenham police arrest local car thief, charged with 35 felonies and 93 misdemeanors

Cheltenham police recently announced the October 3 arrest of Walter Johnson, 33, of Philadelphia. Johnson is believed to be connected to a months-long series of car thefts at Curtis Park, High School Park, and Tookany Parkway. Wallets, purses, credit and debit cards were used shortly after the thefts to make large purchases.

Surveillance video and cutting-edge technologies were used in the suspect’s apprehension.

Johnson is currently charged with 35 felony and 93 misdemeanor counts including Theft from Automobile, Identity Theft, Access Device Fraud, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police, and Theft by Unlawful Taking. A stolen AR-15 rifle was recovered from Johnson’s Philadelphia residence, as well as a large quantity of wallets, purses and other personal items.

Montgomery County Magisterial District Judge Christopher Cerski set bail at $99,000. Johnson remains incarcerated in Montgomery County Correctional Facility awaiting a preliminary hearing and faces a series of similar charges in West Norriton.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Cheltenham detectives.

Walter Johnson, photo courtesy of Cheltenham Township Police Department