Police Blotter: Shoplifting, Vehicle Theft, False Public Alarm

Plus, Mt. Laurel police run into a Collingswood resident featured in last week's blotter.

All information presented in these reports was gathered from the Collingswood Police Department. An arrest is not a conviction.

Sometime between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7, unknown actors entered a vacant property in the 100 bock of East Knight Ave and stole a Craftsman power washer valued at $300. Detectives processed the scene for physical evidence, and the investigation is ongoing.

False Public Alarm
Over a two-week span, four emergency fire boxes were maliciously pulled at the Heights of Collingswood, once each on Sept. 4 (D Tower), 5 (A Tower), 2 (C Tower), and Aug. 31 (D Tower). The Collingswood Police Detective Bureau is investigating. Please call 856-854-1900 if you can offer any additional information.

Sometime in the overnight hours of Sept. 1 someone entered the rear of a property on Jessamine Avenue and stole a girls’ beach cruiser bicycle valued at $50. The victims did not have any information on the serial number of the bicycle, and the investigation is ongoing.

Service Call
At 12:30 a.m. Aug. 31, officers were dispatched to the B Tower of the Heights of Collingswood to assist the Collingswood Fire Department in the rescue of an individual trapped in an elevator. The resident was removed safely from the elevator, which in turn was removed from service.

Criminal Mischief
In the early morning hours of Aug. 31, an unknown actor knocked over three concrete flower pots in the 600 and 700 block of Haddon Avenue. Detectives processed the scene for physical evidence. Police have no suspects in the matter, and the investigation is ongoing.

Vehicle Theft
Between Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 29, a 1996 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from in front of a residence in the 100 block of East Wayne Terrace. The car was recovered Sept. 1 at 6:00 a.m. by Camden City police in the 2700 block of Mickle Blvd. No apprehensions were made at the time.

DWI, motor vehicle offenses
At 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28, officers observed a vehicle making an improper turn in the area of Route 130 and the White Horse Pike. Upon making contact with the operator, he was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. Leonardo Garcia, 31, of Camden, refused a breathalyzer test and was arrested. He was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated as well for driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a license. Garcia was released to a sober acquaintance pending a court date, and his vehicle was impounded.

At 10 a.m. Aug. 29, a plainclothes detective was getting his morning coffee at the Wawa on Haddon Avenue when he allegedly observed a customer begin to stuff his empty pockets with Hostess cupcakes, Pepsi, M&Ms, and Herr’s potato chips. The suspect then tried to leave the store without making payment. Vincent Cannizzaro, 50, of Philadelphia was arrested and charged with shoplifting, and released on his own recognizance.

At 12 p.m. Sept. 5, Mt. Laurel police arrested Rosemary S. Phillips, 37, of Collingswood, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"police-arrest-two-men-wanted-for-armed-robbery"} -->, for allegedly shoplifting $490 in baby formula from the Wegmans grocery store on Centerton Road.

Heidi DiGregorio September 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
So funny reading your blogs. Why do you use the term "actors"? I keep expecting the person(s) to sing and dance as they commit their crimes. Why not use such terms as thief, intruder, burglar, suspect, culprits, perpetrator, etc? Perhaps just the word "individuals" would sound better. Just saying.....
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Hi Heidi, These are police reports with information derived from the Collingswood PD—not blog entries—so, a lot of the language, like use of the word "actor" is held over from their jargon. "Actor" denotes someone committing an act, not necessarily a performer. "Suspect" implies that there is a specific person of interest, "culprits" implies that someone's been caught already, and "thief"/"burglar" etc., are sometimes appropriate, but often redundant given that the charges are listed right above the blurb.
Shirley September 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM
The actors could be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.


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