Thursday, February 21, 2013
Collingswood Police believe a man wanted in connection with a carjacking Feb. 20 may also have stabbed and robbed an attendant at the Gulf station on Feb. 15.
Collingswood Police now believe the man who carjacked two women at knifepoint Feb. 20 is the same person wanted in the Feb. 15 stabbing and robbery of a Gulf gas station attendant on Route 130. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office released a photo of the man sought in those incidents Thursday afternoon. He is described as a stocky, black male, weighing between 250 and 275 pounds and 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet tall. A knife was produced in each of the incidents in which the suspect is believed to be involved. The man's carjacking spree began with an unsuccessful attempt Feb. 20 between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. He demanded a nurse hand over her keys as she walked toward her vehicle. She refused and …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Officers from Camden to Delran are searching for a man they say carjacked two vehicles and attempted to rob a woman at knifepoint. A gas station robbery in Delran may be connected.
Police from Camden City and Collingswood are on the lookout for a man they say carjacked two vehicles and attempted to rob a woman at knifepoint this evening. Their target is described as a bearded black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and around 250 pounds. Initial reports also connected these incidents with a gas station robbery in Delran that occurred sometime after the second carjacking; as the investigation widens, that may or may not be accurate, Collingswood Police said later Wednesday evening. Police are also not yet certain if the perpetrator in these incidents is the same man involved in the stabbing and robbery of a Gulf gas station attendant on Feb. 15, but early reports seem to indicate that he fits the description of that …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
One Collingswood resident was caught redecorating her neighbor's garden, while another reported the loss of something you'd never expect to go missing.
Collingswood Police were dispatched Feb. 9 at about noon to the third floor of the "D" tower of the Heights of Collingswood to investigate the report of a theft. A resident reported having heard noises outside her door earlier in the day, police say. She discovered that her peephole had been stolen. Police have no suspects at this time. Just three days earlier, they had much better luck. At 11 a.m. Feb. 6, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Grant Avenue to investigate a report of missing property. They discovered Kim DiMattea, 43, of Collingswood, had allegedly removed a couple of flower pots from the Grant Avenue home in question. DiMattea was arrested, charged with theft and was released on her own recognizance.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A viewing for the late Collingswood police sergeant and firefighter will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Foster-Warne Funeral Home.
Services will be held Friday morning for the late Scott A. Duus, 58, of Maple Shade and formerly of Collingswood, who gave 25 years of service to the Collingswood Police Department and a second lifetime in hours to its fire company as well. As reported in a notice by Foster-Warne Funeral Home, Duus passed on Jan. 20: Beloved husband of Denise Duus (nee Mullen). Dear father of Melissa, Elizabeth and Charles; and grandfather of Brandon. Loving son of Jeanne and the late Charles Duus. Brother of Nancy (Arthur) Watson, Charles "Randy" Duus, Steven (Barbara) Duus and the late Keith Duus. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. To enjoy only seven years of retirement after a 25-year law enforcement career seems an unkind end for the man …
Monday, January 21, 2013
When a Collingswood mom noticed a bunch of stuff in her teen's room that didn't belong, she notified the police, thwarting an unsecured vehicle break-in.
Vehicle Burglary, Theft from a Motor Vehicle On Dec. 28 at 12:30 p.m., an unsecured Dodge Caravan was broken into in the 400 block of Eldridge Ave. The burglary took place during the hours of a wrestling match at the Collingswood High School. Reported missing from the van was a Coach purse that contained $150 cash, three Target gift cards, two Amazon.com gift cards, and an Apple iPod. These items were recovered when the mother of a Collingswood juvenile found them in her child’s room, knew they didn’t belong there, and notified police. The juvenile was charged with vehicle burglary and theft from a motor vehicle, and will appear in juvenile court. Criminal Attempt At 3 a.m. Dec. 21, police were notified of a burglary attempt at a home in …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The new deal, which promises incremental increases of 1.5 to 1.75 percent annually through 2015, passed a first reading at the commissioners meeting on Jan. 7.
Eight months of labor negotiations with the Collingswood Police Department came to an end Monday night at the borough commissioners meeting, as both sides inked a deal to move forward on a salary structure through 2015. The agreement got its first reading Monday night and will require two additional sessions before it takes effect formally. It guarantees police a 1.5-percent salary increase through 2013 (and retroactive to July 2012), and then 1.75-percent annual increases in both 2014 and 2015. Mayor James Maley said that the increases were incremental and earned with “some givebacks,” including “substantial changes in the terms of employment for new hires.” Most importantly, he said, it will give the borough the room to add much-needed …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Not many motorists suspected of DWI flag down their arresting officers themselves. Plus: move-in troubles at the Heights of Collingswood, identity thieves, and a missing bike.
DWI At approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 16, an officer on patrol in the 600 block of Haddon Ave. observed a vehicle traveling behind him honking its horn and motioning for him to pull over. When the officer did so, the operator of the vehicle, identified as Debra Alexander, 49, of Collingswood, began yelling at him. The officer reportedly detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and asked Alexander to exit the vehicle. During the performance of roadside sobriety tests, she reportedly became enraged and refused to continue. Moreover, police say, she reached into her pocket and consumed a handful of pills in the presence of the officer. As the officer could not determine what they were, an ambulance was dispatched to the location to …
Monday, December 24, 2012
On Dec. 1, Damaris Medina took an overnight trip to Atlantic City. She came home to find her Collingswood apartment had been cleaned out—right down to the furnace.
A stunning apartment burglary left a Collingswood woman without Christmas and birthday presents for her daughter, heat and hot water for six days, and coincided with the delivery of an eviction notice from her landlord. Collingswood police say the theft occurred in the 200 block of Haddon Avenue sometime during the overnight hours of Dec. 1. Damaris Medina, who resides in the apartment with her 11-year-old daughter, was headed down to Atlantic City for an overnight trip. When the family returned home the next day, they discovered the door on the driveway side of their residence pried open, and called police. “I looked up the steps; my door was busted in,” Medina said. “Everything in my kitchen was all over the floor. The bags that I had …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
'Tis the season for stuffing your pockets with stuff that doesn't belong to you, as police track burglaries, thefts, and shoplifting in the borough.
Vehicle Burglary On Nov. 27, police were called to the 300 block of Conger Avenue, where unknown actors entered a Toyota that had been parked in the driveway. The glove box was ajar and several items were out of place. Four First Night Haddonfield buttons and a PATCO Hi-Speedline pass were reported missing; everything was valued at $70. There were no signs of forced entry and police have no suspects at the time. Vehicle Burglary Sometime between Nov. 21 and Nov. 30, an unknown actor or actors removed motor vehicle documents and $50 in assorted coins from a black Lincoln Continental that had been parked in the driveway of a home in the 300 block of West Browning Road. The vehicle owner said that she had seen a suspicious male around the car…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Footage from a gas station robbery in Camden early Tuesday morning may hold some clues about the November shooting of an attendant here in Collingswood.
Video from a gas station robbery in Camden City might hold some answers for Collingswood police in their search for a pair of suspects wanted in the November shooting of a Sunoco attendant here in the borough. Two men of similar descriptions appear to have shot and injured a 43-year-old man during the robbery of a Citgo Station in the 1900 block of Admiral Wilson Boulevard Tuesday morning. Footage released by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office shows a pair of masked assailants walking up to two gas station attendants, guns drawn, about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. There is a brief struggle in which one of the men, who was later shot, shoved his attacker to the ground and attempted to flee. His assailant fired back, wounding the attendant…