Two seemingly uneventful arrests in Haddonfield turned up two disturbing finds. Both men arrested where found to have hypodermic needles on them.
Needles are often considered to be drug paraphernalia and police are increasingly seeing signs of a heroin epidemic in the state, according to published reports. No illegal drugs were seized in these Haddonfield arrests.
On Sept. 11, at 4:35 p.m., Samuel Flanagan was arrested at the corner of Hawthorn Ave. and Wood Lane after a brief foot chase. Flanagan, 23, of the 100 block of E. Cuthbert Ave. in Haddon Township was charged with trying to cash a fraudulent check. The chase ensued after he dashed out of a local bank when a teller noticed the fraudulent check, police said.
Flanagan was also wanted for an alleged Collingswood burglary, police said. He was charged with forgery, receiving stolen property and possession of hypodermic needled in Haddonfield and burglary in Collingswood.
On Sept. 5 at 12:14 p.m., Anthony Franke, 34, of the unit block of Elmwood Ave. in Gloucester City, was caught after fleeing police. He was observed by a Haddonfield cop at the PATCO rail station near Kings Highway East and fled when he noticed the officer watching him, police said.
He was caught near Haddon and Crystal Lake Avenue in Haddon Township. He was charged with theft after four containers of infant formula were found on him and determined to have been stolen from the Rite Aid store in Haddonfield, police said. Franke also had hypodermic needles on him.