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Haddonfield Police: Nine Cars Burglaries in One Night

A flag bandit also appears to be on the loose.

A bandit or bandits once again descended on the borough with nine auto burglaries reported on Aug. 30 and a total of 17 incidents over a week period, according to reports.

All of the cars were unlocked.

Here are the Aug. 30 details:

  • Unit block of Estaugh, two car entered
  • 100 block of Avondale, four cars entered
  • 100 block of Kings Highway West, car entered, eight Percocet pills and keys to car taken
  • Unit block of West End Ave. car entered
  • 200 block of Euclid Ave. silver Volkswagon entered

Two more auto burglaries, both in the 100 block of Colonial Ave., were reported on Wednesday, Sept. 3.  A GPS and $15 was reported stolen from one of the vehicles.

In other reports, five unlocked bikes were reported stolen from the unit block of Gill Road on Monday. A light blue pickup truck was seen in the area shortly before the incident was reported. Police said a "trash picker" may have picked up the bikes. No arrests have been reported.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 was another busy day in the borough with five incidents reported, including the theft of three college, banner flags from three different homes.

Here are the details:

  • 200 block of Jefferson Ave. a Haddonfield Bulldawgs flag stolen from a porch
  • 400 block of Lakeview, a University of Florida flag stolen from a porch
  • 400 block of Lakeview, a University of Buffalo flag stolen from a porch

A burglary to an apartment in the 100 block of S. Atlantic Ave. E. was also reported on Aug. 28. The resident returned home from work the previous day and noticed a window, air conditioner on the ground. He told police he thought it had just fallen out. The next day he discovered $310 in cash and an Xbox missing.

Police made one arrest on Aug. 28, for disorderly conduct. A caller reported a man who appeared to be intoxicated sitting on a curb near at 1:29 p.m. Police arrived and arrested William F. Braun, 38, of the 200 block of S. Broadway, Gloucester City. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released with a summons.

Bill Tourtellotte September 08, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I could be mistaken but do not believe that Haddonfield enforces ordinances that prohibit trash picking. My sense is that certain "roving pickers" like the one suspected of stealing those bikes last week and others may also have contributed to the gutter thefts and other issues. Some neighboring communities do enforce such ordinances which also serves to magnify such activities here. Plus, the borough otherwise does recycle and gets money for the metals that residents discard, but they rarely get to them before the roving pickers do. Perhaps we should actively curb these activities through increased enforcement.
Nancy Broz September 08, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I look forward to the trash pickers. They can re-use what we are throwing away. Lots of perfectly good things would be going into the dumpster.They are neither intrusive nor disorderly.
Toni Mansfield September 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I like to put my unwanted items by the curb early just hoping that someone will trash pick and reuse. And many times I've backed up my minivan to pick something myself, ether for my own use or to donate to collections at the church. Reduce, reuse, recycle! I'm all for it.
Terry September 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I have to agree with Nancy & Toni. While there may be some who are doing it as a way to disguise some illegal behavoir, the majority are probably actually helping reduce the cost of our trash removal, because there's less to haul away. Plus I'm all for the reduce, reuse, recycle aspect. I do it myself on both sides sometimes, placing items out early hoping that someone else can reuse it or picking up stuff, like brick to reuse in my garden plot or a beautiful mirrored picture that just wasn't the previous owner's taste any longer. The main thing is, if people would just learn to lock up their houses and bikes, a lot of this theft wouldn't be happening. The thieves would move on to an easier target.
Bill Tourtellotte September 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I agree with many of the comments above and do the same thing of putting things out in the open so that can be reused by others. But having a passerby or neighbor make use of something versus the professional pickers who are roving around looking for scrap and items of value is something that at least needs to be looked at. I've heard plenty of examples over the years of things disappearing that were not trash and were not all that close to the curb. Expensive strollers, bikes, etc. The theft of hard to replace materials attached to people's homes has been a real problem as well, all in the name of scrap value. Once it is in their trucks, it is VERY hard to prove anything. Scrappers are taking items that do have value to the Borough and otherwise would help to reduce our waste costs if they were not breaking our ordinances by taking them. Perhaps there is a balance between reuse and limited innocent trash picking and crime reduction by cracking down on roving trucks loaded up with what at best represents money out of our own waste removal budgets, and at worst could represent some ill gotten stolen materials.
Tom Kenny September 10, 2012 at 01:06 PM
All above is well a good but is anyone else shocked and alarmed at this almost weekly list of burglaries and thefts in our town? Is the word out that we are easy pickings or is something else?? Tom
Susan DeFrancisco September 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Im a trash picker myself. I cannot tell you how many awesome items I have found. It is harmless. If you are going to restrict things like this, then you may as well not have sidewalks either, because ANYONE with the wrong intemtions that are passerbys can create havoc. Why not pay attention to those few people that supposedly are not obeying the rules? UGH. More restrictions is just what we DONT need. Pretty soon, we will all have to stay in our homes for fear of breaking some ridiculous rule.
bufalowgrl@comcast.net August 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM
I have been a Haddonfield resident all of my life. I currently re-purpose and recycle unwanted furniture and other items. It is a totally green way of breathing new life into old unwanted items that would otherwise den up in a landfill or dump. I was actually stopped this morning by a borough worker and told it was illegal and that I would be issued a ticket. I have never "picked" through trash...leaving it unsightly. I only pick up items which I can refinish, repurpose recycle etc. I was shocked that the borough would rather haul away these items and put them in a landfill somewhere rather than seeing them put to good use. I have many times picked up articles like books that I have donated to schools, libraries etc... What a pity Haddonfield would choose to not support other people's efforts to recycle!

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