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Car Burglaries Plague Collingswood; Oaklyn PD Asks for Help

These (mostly seasonal) crimes of opportunity are frustrating and avoidable, authorities say.

From to , the are all around us—including a rise in the number of vehicle burglaries in the area.

Just a few weeks ago, reported six vehicle burglaries overnight June 30 in the 700 block of Eldridge Avenue.

On the eve of the holiday weekend, unknown perpetrators ransacked a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, 1994 Ford Tempo, 2000 Chevrolet, 2006 Acura, 2006 Nissan and 2004 Kia.

None of the cars were locked.

A GPS unit was removed from the Nissan; other vehicle owners reported missing only loose change that had been visible within the consoles of their cars.

That same night, in the same block of Eldridge Avenue, a 1999 Ford Expedition was stolen by an unknown thief. Again, the owner had failed to secure the vehicle and returned the next morning to discover it was missing. It was recovered a week later, in Camden City, reportedly in fair condition.

The action hasn’t slowed, however. Oaklyn police issued a statement Wednesday seeking information about a slew of vehicle burglaries that occurred between July 10 and 11 in the area of Newton Avenue and the White Horse Pike.

“Actors entered only unlocked vehicles removing change and electronic equipment,” read the announcement from Oaklyn Police Chief Joseph Abbate.

“These are crimes of opportunity and if your vehicle is locked and your items stored away, the actor(s) will most likely move on.”

Anyone with information on the Eldridge Avenue burglaries can contact Collingswood P.D. at 856-854-1901. Those in the know about the Oaklyn incidents should call 856-854-0049.

UPDATE - Abbate also announced last week the arrests of two 19-year-olds in . The alleged assailants are Collingswood resident Nicholas Anthony and John Reed of Woodlynne.

Anthony and Reed were charged with assault and criminal mischief; they will appear before the Oaklyn Municipal Court Wednesday.

Gary B July 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
An elementary teacher somewhere is weeping today.
Joe crack July 28, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Woodlynne has a town watch. It consists of 3 older people. They are about 60 years of age and up. I give Woodlynne's town watch respect and credit. Woodlynne is one step closer to Camden, and unlike Collingswood and Oaklyn, they are not pleading for help to catch several car thieves. Are they? The town watch must be doing something for the Borough of Woodlynne. ***This is my special revised draft for my meat rider, that had nothing better to do but run a spell check on my post n comment about it afterwards***
Gary B July 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Good job with the 2am all-nighter correction. I knew you could do it, sport.
Joe crack August 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Wow!!!! First you were concerned with my grammer and spelling, and now your worried about what time I go to bed? My dad die about 7 years ago, and before that he was nothing to me but a drunk. So basically I thought I could survive with out 1, but since you want to act as my dad so bad I guess it would be nice to see what it's like to have one. So sorry I was up past bed time and that my first post wan impropperly written "DAD"...
Gary B August 01, 2012 at 04:06 AM
That's your father 'died', 'one' not 1 and 'wan' is 'was'. I'm a little tied up these days to take on randoms, but you just keep the faith, sport. There's somebody out there that will love you! :) Remember, you are worth it. http://www.bbbsbcg.org/site/c.5oIJJVPsGbISF/b.6458253/k.8F96/Enroll_a_Little.htm

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