Suspect in Pa. trucker's shooting death sought

By Land Line staff | 6/11/2015

Authorities have recovered a small amount of cash and a cellphone that they believe belonged to a trucker who was shot and killed Tuesday morning at an industrial park in Yeadon, Pa.

The victim, Thomas Childs, 63, of Aston, Pa., was found shot at 3:44 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, outside of Ridgway Industries, where he’d been employed for 15 years, according to a report from The Delaware County Daily Times.

Police were able to ping Childs’ missing cellphone, which led them to a nearby cemetery, where they recovered the phone and about $30 worth of paper money. Authorities believe the suspect “got scared” and scaled the fence into the cemetery, before dropping both the phone and money, according to the Daily Times.

Childs was preparing to leave early Tuesday to make a delivery in New York. He was gunned down either as he was getting into the cab, or just outside of it, the report stated. He suffered at least two gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are asking anyone with information, or anyone who recognizes a composite of the suspected killer, to immediately call Yeadon police headquarters at 610-623-1500, the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division at 610-891-4711, or 911.

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