Mystery Still Surrounds Friday's SWAT Activity in Collingswood

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office refuses to release any information, saying an investigation is ongoing.

There are no answers yet about  in the vicinity of the .

Collingswood police confirmed that multiple arrests were made during the incident, but referred all other questions to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, which refused to provide any information when contacted by Collingswood Patch on Tuesday.

Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said no details would be forthcoming because an investigation is "ongoing."

Under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act, law-enforcement agencies are required to provide basic information within 24 hours of an arrest being made. 

Images of the incident captured by Patch readers depict a white, unmarked van and several police personnel on a nondescript street. 

Stick with Patch for more information as it becomes available.

Porterincollingswood May 16, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I guess Burrell wanted to see dope on the table.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Yeah, but how do you keep Carver and Herc from dipping into the take?
Porterincollingswood May 16, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Make sure Kima is there. God knows you can't count on McNulty, he's still working off that St. Patty's Day hangover. That show allows me to read a story like this and say cool stuff like: "Yeah, but did they get the main stash"?
One road town May 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Speaking of Burrell and his return... Go to YouTube and type "The Return of Pat Burrell" ... it's a riot *disclaimer, adult language, content ...
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
"We were promised a new day!"
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM
That is note-perfect, down to the Sarah McLaughlin track. But where were the vomiting stories?
Porterincollingswood May 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Nice. Note the guy is standing in front of "Skinners" in Old City. Amazingly wesome dive bar. Not a doubt in my mind that some Pat shenanigans happened in those awful lime-green painted bathrooms (Drinkers down the street being reserved for members of the Flyers org-an-i-zation).
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
My personal "brush with greatness" was at the World Cafe Live when the entire top two lines rolled up on a Sam Roberts concert a few years back -- Carter, Richie, Asham, Lupul, and Upshall. I think the word is that Drinker's is reserved for Hartnell, et al., presently, although I once met Jason Smith coming out of Animo in Haddonfield and Foppa at the Cheesecake Factory. #metoostory
Collingswoodnative May 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I have no idea what the three of you are talking about but I'm sure that someone will be along soon to blame the police activity on Mayor McCheese.
Anne Carroll May 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Oh jeeze. I feel like an idiot. On reading the initial report, I congratulated Colls P.D. for a job well done. In future I shall withhold any praise unless I know what I'm talking about :(
One road town May 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Anne, why do you feel that way now?
Anne Carroll May 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Dear One road town. Because, I jumped the gun on assuming that any police activity at or around the Heights had to be legitimate. I'm hugely troubled by safety concerns at and around The Heights. For that reason, I figured if the police were there, they had a good reason. I'm still really troubled by safety issues at The Heights, but that does not justify police action there, or around there, unless they can provide us with a good reason for their "sting." Thus far they have not. Hopefully, they will do that soon. If they've got a good reason for this "sting," I'm behind them 100%. Just need to know what their reason was.
Anne Carroll May 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
No, Greg I don't have any friends or relatives who reside in Sutton Towers. I don't even know anyone who lives there. I just feel sad for the people who do live there and have to put up with so many bad things, e.g, car-jackings, robberies, fires in the trash chutes, elevators that don't work, neglected maintenance, and on and on. I feel like Collingswood has kind of turned its back on Sutton Towers, a/k/a the Heights, and is ignoring what goes on there in favor of focusing more on the center of town, and particularly the problems at The Lumberyard. I'm also upset that when Collingswood sold Sutton to whomever they sold it to (I guess the current management at The Heights) they did not make sure that the new management was capable of doing a good job there and giving the residents the kind of safe, clean and well maintained housing that everyone should have. I sincerely hope the police involved in this "sting" let all of us know what they were doing and where exactly this "sting" took place. As you say, for all we know about it, it could have happened anywhere.
One road town May 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
@Anne, you make some good points and I share the same sentiment about the town's overall perception and attitude. I am also glad you were able to make some sense of Greg's rambling incoherent rant. Also equally amazing how he creates an account to the Patch just today and makes his one and only posting an attack with dropping the 'F' bomb. That and along with some of the most embarrassing grammar I've seen on here in a long time. Maybe there was a valid point in there somewhere, but I have failed to decipher it.
Lauren Burgoon May 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Greg, Your post has been deleted for violating Patch's terms of use on profanity. Please refrain from that in the future and feel free to repost without the profanity.
Anne Carroll May 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Dear One Road Town, Greg made an interesting comment: "[Let's] cross [our] fingers hoping they stop the open air drug traffic flow in town." While I'd love to see the open air drug traffic flow in town stopped, our police departments could be more productive if they did NOT do drug busts. Look at all the people in jail for sale or possession of soft drugs. Taxpayers pays thousands of dollars each year locking them up. I've posted elsewhere, that our war on drugs is insane. In this case I'm talking specifically about soft drugs, i.e, marijuana and hashish. [There are probably other soft drugs out there, but as a 'child' of the sixties, I know nothing about them.] For 'hard drugs' I've got a different approach but won't bore you with the details. We waste huge amounts of money, resources and court time fighting this pointless war. It can't be won. Why? Where there is demand, there will always be supply. [Didn't we learn anything from Prohibition?] I would like all drugs to be legalized. Through public or private ventures, we could sell soft drugs, just like we do alcohol and cigarettes and collect the taxes! [With respect to hard drugs, I've specific ideas how this could be done without endangering society.] Why should drug lords, drug cartels and our local gang members reap all the financial benefits from this very recession-proof trade? I'm not a Libertarian but on this one issue, they're right on the money.
senior May 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM
HELLO PEOPLE! I was posting for about a year or so; and I am a resident of Heights. So, even if you do not know me, you now about me. One Road Town; I was usually replaying to your posts because I found in them true concern about many issues existing in COLLINGSWOOD. I was also trying to paint a normal life here at Heights.I appreciate your concern; but I was trying to tell you that from the point of tenant it is not that bad. It is very clean here, quiet, satisfactory maintnance work, elevators are working, ac is working and so on., Mice are gone. No, it is not perfect but not as sinister as you think.. Also I want to tell that previously I lived in a very prestigious area and I was robbed twice. Yes, twice; durind the day. I made my point by saying that "I do not see nor hear the Evil", although I am sure it exists here as in everywhere. I have proposition for everybody who wants to check Heights inside: I am inviting you to my apartment (I am sure it can be arranged). As for Greg comment; I did not like his F...exclamation; but his point was that his aunt lives here a very long time. That said; I do believe that there are many issues here (at Heights; in Camden County; and entire NJ which should be addressed. I stated: "If everybody knows about bad guys, drug dealers and other criminals; why are they still here????"
Lauren Burgoon May 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Hi readers, I had to delete a comment earlier because it violated our terms of use and, unfortunately, the two legitimate replies to it also were deleted. I'll try to figure out how to get them back. Apologies for this.
Anne Carroll May 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Thank you Lauren. It can't be easy being an editor to our various shades of comments. No apologies necessary :)
One road town May 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
It seems that my comment was one of the two that got caught up in the shrapnel of the other poster. So I will just be brief in my response to Anne & Senior. @Anne, I will have to respectfully 100% disagree with you & your position on the topic of making narcotics legal. (agree, we are not dealing well fighting it, but that is all for another day/topic honestly) And I will just reiterate that our town needs to do a better job on being more active & aggressive on cleaning up our town with the drugs. @Senior I have been inside the buildings at one point or another & have had the privileged to be inside one of the units and will say, at least for the one, was VERY nice. But that does not negate or let the complex off the hook either. And also, I would like to add, that the H.O.C.makes up roughly 20% of Collingswood's population, so no, not all people are 'bad'. However the FEW troublemakers that are there, also bring in their birds of a feather. As far as Greg's comment, since it's gone I can no longer see it obviously so I'm not able to decode it,,if someone was able too, hats off :) P.S. Just as a reminder to all, the police activity that was in question and what this article is about, had NOTHING to do with the H.O.C. at all,,, this was directly across the street from the "A" building on Eldridge Ave & not at the complex P.S.S. I hope we all are having a very fabulous, safe & enjoyable evening in our hometown of Collingswood!!
senior May 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
No, no I am not saying that H.O.C. is the best place on earth to live in .And of course with so many people has its share of of all layers of society including a lot of lowlives. But I think it was not fair to title the recent police activities (sting) as happenning in vicinity of H.O.C. Many people jumped on the wagon and assumed that it was right here at Heights .So, here you go...P.S. My unit is very, very nice also...
One road town May 21, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I agree, but that was the editors who started that,,, but I suppose it was trying to better identify the area of the incident, which just so happened to be near the H.O.C. ,,, Also, they physically are nice building and are structured impressively. Much better than the current slop construction and the industry standards of today. Those buildings were built to last! :) Glad you night is going well Senior!! :)


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