Police Blotter: Vehicle Burglary, Narcotics, Assault

Collingswood residents need to start locking their cars.

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

Vehicle Burglary
During the overnight hours of Aug. 5, an unknown person or persons entered into three vehicles in the 100-200 block of West Collingswood Avenue: a 2000 Ford, 2006 Hyundai and 2007 Chrysler.

Various items were removed from the cars, including a GPS unit and an assortment of currency. None of the vehicles was locked.

In the three months from June to August 2012, the Collingswood Police Department has investigated more than 35 vehicle burglaries, said Cpl. Tom Hartshaw of the Collingswood Police.

“Residents need to be diligent when it comes to securing their motor vehicles,” Hartshaw said.

At 10 a.m. Aug. 7, Collingswood Police arrested Lawrence Beatty, 45, of the unit block of East Collings Avenue, for various offenses related to allegedly growing his own marijuana. Beatty was booked for: cultivation of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, distribution within 500 feet of a park, manufacturing, possession, and possession of paraphernalia. Beatty posted bail and was released on his own recognizance.

Simple Assault
At 6 p.m. Aug. 7, officers were dispatched to investigate a fight between two males over the use of the change machine at the Mr. Suds Laundromat. George Barr, 42, of Collingswood, and Jose Ramos, 34, of Collingswood, were both arrested and charged with simple assault. The pair was eventually released pending a court date.

At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, a resident in the 600 block of Collings Avenue got into a verbal altercation with two men who refused to identify themselves. When the argument turned physical, the victim sustained a facial laceration, and too was uncooperative with the investigating officers, so the investigation could not continue. The victim received treatment at the scene and was released.

Loretka September 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Seems to me that EVERY TIME a car is broken into in our area, the car is unlocked. And it amazes me that there are usually things like computers, GPS's, purses, credit cards, cash, etc. etc. in the car. So stupid people leave cars, containing expensive items, unlocked? How dumb can you be? Makes me think there is something other than stupidity. Also houses that get burglarized and the burglar gains entrance through an unlocked door or window!
Shirley September 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
In the recent past someone – not new to the town – said to me, “It’s just like Mayberry. You never have to lock your doors.” It’s hard for me to believe that an adult, and a well-educated one at that, could be such a simpleton. Clearly he doesn’t read the Patch or Retrospect police reports.
john q public September 24, 2012 at 07:32 PM


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