Police Blotter: It's a Gas
Collingswood and Philly swap stolen cars, a Camden senior tools around with stolen license plates and don't trust a guy in a white Mustang if he tells you his credit's good.
All information presented in these reports was gathered from the Collingswood Police Department. An arrest is not a conviction.
Receipt of stolen property
At 12:30 a.m. April 15, officers observed a black Dodge Neon traveling north on Route 130 with inoperable tag lights. They pulled the vehicle over, and it was revealed that the driver, Brenda Miller, 65, of Camden, couldn’t provide any documentation for the vehicle. Police also determined that its license plates had been stolen.
Miller was wanted on cash warrants totaling nearly $2,000 from the municipal courts of Deptford and Somerdale. She was charged with receipt of stolen property and, unable to pay her bail, was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Center.
Theft of services
At 6 p.m. April 22, officers responded to a call at the Gulf gas station in the 700 block of Route 130 S. The attendant indicated that he pumped $15 of regular gas into a white, four-door vehicle, which then sped off without paying.
At 3 p.m. the next day, April 23, officers were called to the Quality Fuel Service gas station in the 500 block of Route 130. There, the driver of a white Ford mustang reportedly bilked an attendant out of $20 worth of gas. After his credit card was denied, the driver allegedly handed over a piece of paper with a credit card number written on it and fled. The investigation is ongoing.
At midnight April 23, officers identified a suspicious vehicle outside the Arena Park apartments. Thesilver Oldsmobile with Pennsylvania tags had been reportedly running for more than two hours in the lot.
Officers determined that its ignition had been compromised and later learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen by the city of Philadelphia. The car was towed to local yard.
At 5 p.m. April 26, Collingswood police were notified by their counterparts in Philadelphia of the recovery of a gold Honda on 3rd and Poplar streets. The vehicle had been reported missing from the 500 block of Collings Avenue.
Two hours later, while investigating that vehicle theft, Collingswood Police discovered a green Honda with Pennsylvania tags parked at the Heights of Collingswood.
Philadelphia police confirmed that it had been stolen from the same area of the city in which they recovered gold Honda that had been stolen from Collingswood.
At 11:24 a.m. April 12, Collingswood police were dispatched to the Aldi supermarket on Ferry Avenue to investigate a shoplifting incident. The suspect was described as male, 5-foot-8, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and carrying a black backpack.
According to witnesses at the scene, the suspect was last observed fleeing the scene in the direction of the White Horse Pike with a few 1-pound bags of pistachios. He remains at large.
Between April 6 and April 12, unknown persons in the unit block of West Wayne Terrace removed a quantity of unused telephone wire that had been attached to the outside of the building. Police say there was no legal value attached to the wire, but that it is typically sought by scrappers for its copper.