Police Blotter: I Get Around
A number of transportation-related crimes have plagued the borough in recent weeks. Fortunately, Collingswood P.D. are on the case.
Information presented in these reports was gathered from the Collingswood Police Department and PATCO. An arrest is not a conviction.
If you were late getting home Thursday night on the PATCO Hi-Speedline, you can thank Michael X. West, 26, who was spotted walking...westward...on the tracks between the Collingswood and Ferry Ave. Stations.
West was apprehended quickly by PATCO police and charged with two counts of trespassing, one count of theft of service—because he had been riding a train without a ticket—and one count of interference with transportation because electricity to the train has to be shut down to prevent him from unintentionally electrocuting himself.
When officers caught up with him, West was also wanted on an outstanding warrant from Bordentown, NJ. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.
Possession of a stolen weapon, possession of CDS, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute
At 8:47 a.m. September 19, an officer on patrol in the area of Haddon and Ferry Ave. stopped a blue Mitsubishi for a minor motor vehicle infraction. After making contact with the driver, police discovered she was operating the vehicle with a suspended license.
From the passenger seat, Chester Davis, 38, of Pennsauken, presented his license to the investigating officer, offering to take the wheel to avoid the car being impounded.
A check on Davis’ ID revealed an active warrant for his arrest due to failure to pay child support. In the course of arresting Davis, police discovered that he was in possession of a stolen, .40-caliber semiautomatic Glock handgun that was loaded with 15 rounds of ball ammunition. What’s more, he was carrying 18 bags of what police believed to be crack-cocaine, six vials of what they believed to be marijuana, and $800 in small bills.
In addition to being collared for back child support, Davis was also charged with possession of a stolen weapon, possession of a controlled, dangerous substance (CDS), possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute. He was remanded to the Camden County correctional facility on $100,000 full-cash bail.
At 2 a.m. September 21, officers observed a subject riding a Del Sol Tradewind Beach Cruiser bicycle in the middle of the roadway. As officers were verbally reprimanding the individual for his inappropriate operation of the bicycle, a call came in over the radio that indicated that a bicycle matching the description had been stolen from New Jersey Ave.
Joseph Campbell, 24, of Collingswood, was arrested on charges of theft and was remanded to the Camden County correctional facility.
At 11 a.m. September 20, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of the White Horse Pike to investigate a garage burglary. During the overnight hours, unknown persons had stolen a 2007 KTM dirt bike valued at $5,500 and a 2002 Honda motorcycle valued at $2,500.
Collingswood police discovered that at 3 a.m. September 19, the Oaklyn police department had attempted to stop two motorcycles matching the descriptions of the missing property because the drivers were not wearing helmets. The driver were able to elude capture. Detectives processed the scene for physical evidence and an investigation is ongoing.
Sometime in the overnight hours of September 19, a black Honda Civic was stolen from the parking lot of the Heights of Collingswood. There were no signs of physical evidence located at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and police are searching for additional leads.
At 9 p.m. September 16, a resident of Gorman Avenue left her red 1999 Plymouth Voyager parked in her driveway, unsecured, with the keys in the ignition. When she went to leave the house at 2 a.m., she discovered that the vehicle had been stolen.
At 1 p.m. the next day officers were dispatched to the intersection of Richey and Magill Aves. to investigate a motor vehicle crash. The driver of the vehicle—a red Plymouth Voyager—fled the scene on foot.
A concerned resident snapped a photograph of the driver with an iPhone and police were able to use that photograph was able to identify the subject as James Lannon 28, of Collingswood. Through investigation, Lannon was apprehended at a nearby apartment complex, where he was also found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe and 17 pills of clonzipam.
Lannon was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of CDS, and tampering with evidence when he tried to destroy the pills at the time of his apprehension. He was remanded to the Camden County correctional facility.