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'Coffee Bandit' Suspect Linked to 5 More Burglaries

Two men are accused of burglaries in Haddon Township, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill and Runnemede.

A suspect, who made the incredibly bad choice to go to a Dunkin' Donuts next to the Haddon Township police station after allegedly burglarizing a nearby home, has now been linked to four more break-ins.

Joseph M. Kunz, 35, of the 100 block of East Park Avenue, Lindenwold, and James Richardson, 25, of the 200 block of Beechwood Avenue, Oaklyn, have each been charged with conspiracy to commit theft and burglary.

Kunz was arrested 11 days ago for a burglary in the 100 block of Virginia Ave. in Haddon Township after a surveillance video in a Dunkin' Donuts next to the police station allegedly showed him with items that had been stolen. He was additionally charged with criminal mischief for kicking open and damaging the locked front door of the home in the 800 block of Avondale Ave. on Nov. 26.

Both were already in jail as suspects in other burglaries in the township over the past several weeks.

Police have also linked the pair to additional burglaries in Camden County in the 500 block of Maple Avenue and the 100 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Haddonfield, the unit block of Ferndale Avenue in Runnemede, and a home in the Old Orchard section of Cherry Hill.

Police said they expect even more charges against the pair. Officials recovered several stolen items, but most of the valuables and jewelry stolen were sold in Philadelphia soon after the burglaries, police said.

The suspects would randomly select homes in the mid-morning hours after most people have left for work, police said. They would approach homes that appeared unoccupied. They would target houses without cars in the driveway and would first knock at the front door or ring the doorbell in an attempt to determine if anyone was home. Once inside, master bedrooms would be targeted for jewelry, cash, coin jars and computers.

The Haddon Township Police encourage residents to contact 911 immediately if they see suspicious activity or if someone is acting suspiciously in their neighborhood. Many of the burglary suspects arrested are a direct result of residents immediately contacting police to suspicious activity, they said.

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Maryann Campling December 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM
A good friend of mine is a Substance Abuse Counselor, all of his "clients" are adjudicated....they are either in program or they go to jail. Well, this creep has been in group several times for heroin addiction (see how well that works) and my friend told me that between his Public Defender, court costs, incarceration, drug therapy, medical care, etc. it will cost us about a quarter of a million dollars by the time he finishes serving his time. Just thought you'd like to know how some of your hard-earned tax dollars are spent.

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