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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 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Shocker; crime in Collingswood.
Loretka July 16, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Anybody who is dumb enough to leave their car unlocked in this day and age deserves to have it burglarized or even stolen. I find it hard to believe that people are so stupid.
Gary B July 16, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Loretta, women wearing short skirts don't deserve to be raped no more than people leaving a car unlocked deserve to have it stolen or burglarized. People 'don't deserve' to be victims of any crime. This is not the muslim culture of Afghanistan. Maybe somebody just made a casual mistake and didn't remember to lock the door,,,,such as maybe a teenage kid helping their parents grabbing the last groceries from the car ....ja.
Jon Law July 16, 2012 at 08:42 PM
we need a town watch organized
Lauren Burgoon July 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM
A resident brought it up at a commissioners meeting earlier this year: http://patch.com/A-qNFK It didn't get a very enthusiastic response.
One road town July 17, 2012 at 02:21 AM
In other Collingswood 'news', a dope sick prostitute was in the A building's lobby of the Heights of Collingswood today. She was hitting up everyone for rides, money, use of their phone and probably anything else one could think of. Keep in classy Collingswood, keep it classy.
Gabe Fletcher July 17, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Scum bags deserve to go bye bye.
Porterincollingswood July 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Actually, nevermind. I've found that the TW is more about people feeling better about themselves and empowering themselves. Doesn't really make a difference based on what I saw in the areas I grew up. But fighting over it is a waste of time, so have at it.
Will H July 17, 2012 at 09:56 PM
"Keep in classy," what does this mean?
One road town July 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Hi Will H, I see you joined the Patch today and I would like to say welcome to this social local community page :) As far as my last remark in the comment above, it was sarcasm. The Heights' has become the long lost and forgotten ugly step child of our dear town. We pretend that crime doesn't exist here in Colls in general, especially at the complex, in order to protect our 'Mayberry' image, sadly. We as a community are negligent on the behavior and standards (or lack thereof) at the Heights as we have turned our back on what is about 10-15% of out town's population. There is an overwhelming sentiment that so as long as life thrives on the Restaurant Row, we citizens shall speak no evil, hear no evil or see no evil of crime, drug use or drug trafficking and of course, the Heights. Personally, I'd rather address problems and deal with them....where as others, sweep things under the carpet and create distractions, such as with new construction. Hope that helps Will H....and again, welcome to the Collingswood Patch.
Sue Cosgrove July 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Nobody as the 'right' to enter my car---locked or unlocked. No more than they have the right to enter my house---locked or unlocked. These people are criminals, not me.
Joe crack July 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Woodlyn has a town watch... Its 3 old heads like 65years old n up... But I give them RESPECT N CREDIT, bc woodlyn in 1 step closer to camden... N unlike collingswood n oaklyn, there not pleadin for help to find numerous car thiefs... Are they?? So they must b doin somethin right...
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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