Gun Discovered by Officer on Patrol in Levittown

A 33-year-old was caught in a suspicious situation in Bristol Township earlier this week.

A black handgun, duct tape, screwdrivers and a pair of tan work gloves were discovered by police when they stopped to question a man who claimed he was waiting for a friend in Levittown’s Violetwood section before dawn on Monday.

A Bristol Township patrol officer spotted Joseph Piazza, 33, of Vista Road, kneeling down, remaining still in front of a parked truck in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Violetwood Drive, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The officer shined a car-mounted spotlight in the area. Piazza then walk down the driveway and told the patrolman he was waiting for his friend, court documents said. The officer reported that the 33-year-old was wearing the tan gloves and was dressed in gray wool hat and a black jacket.

As the officer awaited backup, the suspect momentarily walked away and came back without his gloves, police said.

Officers discovered the handgun, duct tape, screwdrivers and the gloves in front of the truck where the suspect was crouching. A pill bottle with marijuana inside and a sticker with the suspect’s name on it was also found, according to the affidavit.

The homeowner, who is also the owner of a local business, talked with police and said he did not give permission to Piazza to be on his property, according to a criminal complaint.

Piazza is charged with possessing and instrument of crime with intent, possession of a weapon, loitering and prowling at night time, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

The 33-year-old was arraigned before Judge Joanne Kline and currently sits in Bucks County prison on 10 percent of $100,000 bail.

Gamedame January 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Kudos to the officer for stopping crime before it happened! Bristol Township has been a scary place to live recently -- it's nice to read of this arrest, as well as the arrest of the couple suspected of the armed robbery / car-jacking on Haines Road. I pray they catch the others that are responsible for the other armed robberies of innocent local residents very soon.
Chris Taylor Jr January 31, 2013 at 03:50 PM
So. I am curious. what was his crime? last time I checked we don't have "pre Crime" laws in this country. Granted if he had intentions I am glad they stopped him but what was the logic and legal reasoning for arresting him ? if pot was their only reason that concerns me quite a bit. possession of a weapon? that is not illegal in this country or state. I don't recognize "loitering" as an unlawful act. Period. its a direct violation of the 1st amendment. and what the heck is "possessing and interment of crime with intent" interment is synonymous with burial. what the heck is that supposed to mean? Sounds to me like if I were out with my gun (check) with a screw driver (always) and with some duck tape (always) and some gloves (it is winter) that I could be arrested and charged like this minus the BS drug charges ? THAT does scare me. again if he has ill intents I am glad they stopped him but I also fear unlawful arrests since they can also apply to perfectly normal law abiding citizens.
Debbs January 31, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Another crime stopped by our #1 Police force. They are even short handed these days.
Chris Taylor Sucks January 31, 2013 at 04:05 PM
I hope you are arrested Chris. you sound like you're up to no good like this piazza scum. How about the fact Piazza lied to the cop? He said GE was waiting for his friend (hidden behind a truck) and the home owner said they were not friends nor was he expecting him. You are a moron with your duct tape and gun. And loitering is a crime schmuck - look it up.
kayde January 31, 2013 at 04:21 PM
haha yeah seriously.. its better to arrest his dumass then to have someone killed... this guy has been in and out of jail his whole life, actually just got out not that long ago... and he had intentions... a gun, screw driver and duct tape? what do you think he was gonna do? tape then to a wall? it says he knew the guy had money... it was obviously going to be a robbery.. he's gonna be in jail his whole life... I'm glad, we need these scum bags off the streets!!
Crystal January 31, 2013 at 05:12 PM
He lost his rights when he became a felon the 1st time Chris Taylor! Research does a world of good, know your facts before you start running your mouth about something you clearly know nothing about. You think it's normal to have on hand on a daily basis a gun, screwdriver, duct tape, wearing black clothes, and being on someone's property that they don't know? Person above is right, your a moron and a schmuck.
Crystal January 31, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Moron and Schmuck for sure!
chuck clayton January 31, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Tom Sofield January 31, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Chris, Here's some information from the First Amendment Center on curfews, loitering and freedom of association: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/curfews-loitering-freedom-of-association
Gamedame January 31, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Chris Taylor Jr., The copy that reads, "...possessing and interment of crime with intent..." should read, "...possessing an instrument of crime with intent..." Simple typos that are easy to make when you're rushing to put a story out. Possession of a weapon IS a crime in this state/country if you're a convicted felon that has lost the right to do so. So is concealing said weapon, without the required permits. So is trespassing. So is marijuana possession (at least for now). So is lying to the police (just ask Lindsay Lohan!) So is loitering and prowling. So no, Chris, this doesn't appear to be an innocent citizen, carrying an handgun for protection as he obeys all laws. His behavior alone (without having anything in his possession) was certainly enough to attract the attention of a vigilant officer of the law.
LtownCitizen January 31, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Chris, you are a Clown! I am not a law enforcement officer, but I respect each and every one of them for keeping hard working honest people safe in our towns and cities like the alert Bristol Twp. Police officer did here. That is his or her job as a police officer. Police don't just arrest people for the Hell Of It!....And, anyone who thinks negative about the police are most likely criminals themselves! Those who respect law enforcement are almost always honest people who obey the law. Chris, you I'm sue have been in trouble with the law and that is why you side with criminals, right?
jen m. January 31, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Suspicion! I'm glad the cops paroling at night can find a possible crime and turns out he was correct to suspect! If only these suspicious people can be investigated. The Lambertville case of that bartender, another person reported a suspicious person in the area. At least if they could ask a few questions to anyone suspicious, more (possible) crimes can be solved quickly.
Patrick Monaghan January 31, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Piece of crap what else would you be doing at 3 am with a gun an duck tape but robbery piazza has been nothing but trouble his whole life throw the book an loose the key this man could be dead now thanks btpd for your keen eyes
Dennis January 31, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Suspicious indeed. early morning, srewdrivers, handgun, ducttape, gloves nobody carries those items together as a package unless a crime is about to occur
Jay D February 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Are you serious Chris? What does your criminal record look like? How good is your permit to carry, if you have one? I leave my home everyday with a roll of DUCT tape, screwdriver, gloves, numerous other tools, and a gun, LEGALLY and not at 3:30 in the morning on someone's property. That property was unfortunately my extended family's! All I can say is GREAT JOB to the officer that found this D-bag before anything happened! If it was my driveway, he wouldn't have been so lucky to be transported to county prison. If the officer didn't spot him, the coroner would have been picking him up. And its instrument not interment, and you carry a gun?
Tom Sofield February 01, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Correction: A statement attributed to the homeowner should have been attributed to police. The mistake has been corrected.
Ltown news team February 01, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Lol. A felon with a hand gun, duct tape and a screw driver. They aren't work gloves if they aren't used for work. He was most likely waiting for the guy to get up for work and go to his truck so he could rob him. Well done officer.
levittown lifer February 01, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Clearly Chris Taylor is a friend of Joeys or he would understand that having a scumbag like him on your property even in daylight would make people shudder. Hes a theif and a felon with absolutley no remorse whatsoever. A felon who from what I understand about gun laws would not be allowed to legally possess a gun even if hes off of parole he would not be trusted with a gun! Maybe you roam the streets on foot with tape screw drivers and a gun and if that is the case then we will no doubt be reading your name in the crime section shortly and if I was home and anybody was found in my driveway with these INSTRUMENTS of CRIME I would be delighted and proud of the police in my town for arresting the clown and I am more than certain tables turned you would be too!
bill February 01, 2013 at 11:17 PM
If you were kneeling down, trying to be still as the car rolled by? Don't think your 1st A protections will apply there Chris. Was it his house? No? don't see anywhere in the constitution that gives you the right to squat on my property. But keep talkin tough...I'm sure your attorney loves racking up the billable hours. You should probably give him a call before depending on your reading comprehension skills.


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