Saturday, May 4, 2013
Also, a football star gets busted on robbery charges.
Each week, Patch combs through the more shocking, surprising and often absurd alleged criminal acts and police-related incidents that unfold around the region. Here’s what went on last week for “OMG PD.” The wanderers: It sounds like something out of a bad movie plot—two guys travel the country, post ads on Craigslist to solicit potential victims, then rob people at gunpoint—but that’s exactly what happened, according to Cherry Hill Police. The two men—one from California, the other from Arkansas—pulled two such jobs at the Cherry Hill Mall in February, and have been charged, but remain on the loose, according to police. That’s not part of the plan: An alleged copper thief thought the coast was clear when he decided to cut some pipes in …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Michael Shelton admitted Monday to collecting more than $200,000 in Social Security payments issued in the name of his deceased father.
Michael Shelton amassed a small fortune cashing his dead father's Social Security checks over two decades, but the net result for him could be 10 years in federal prison. Shelton, 65, of Pennsauken, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Camden to one count of theft of government funds. Shelton entered his plea before his case was presented to a grand jury. Shelton admitted that when his father died in March 1990, he intentionally did not notify the Social Security Administration (SSA), as he was obligated to do, so he could continue to receive his father’s SSA retirement checks. The SSA discovered Shelton's father's death in June 2012, at which time the deceased man was receiving $977 in monthly retirement benefits. After his …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Also, when police give you a warning, you should probably listen.
Each week, Patch combs through the more shocking, surprising and often absurd alleged criminal acts and police-related incidents that unfold around the region. Here’s what went on last week for “OMG PD.” It’s called a warning for a reason: You can’t say Collingswood officers didn’t try. When Sharon Powers, 32, of Berlin, was pulled over for allegedly driving without a license and without working brake lights, police gave her a warning and told her to get a licensed driver to take care of the car. Not only did she not listen, she got pulled over again 20 minutes later, when she still didn’t have a license or working brake lights—but did have 10 bags of heroin, according to police. Alleged burglary-turned-footrace: A resident on Turner …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Daytime burglaries at two Haddon Township homes resulting in several thousand dollars of jewelry stolen, police report.
A "large amount of jewelry" was reported stolen from a home in the 200 block of Norwood Ave. in Haddon Township on Monday. Police believe someone cut a screen and climbed through an unlocked window to enter the home. Officials say a four-door, red vehicle with two men in it was seen in the area during the weekday-morning burglary. "Several-thousand-dollars" worth of jewelry was also reported stolen Monday from a home in the 1100 block of Mansion Ave., police said. The master bedroom was targeted. No forced entry was immediately reported. Officials say the incident happened between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact Haddon Township detectives at 856-854-1176 x4171 or the anonymous tip-line at 856-854-1176 x4TIP (4847) with any information …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Alon Adams reportedly phoned in six reports of bombs and shootings throughout Camden on Thursday, emptying buildings while police searched for explosives.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Authorities say Daryl Turner and his wife, Robyn Bernstein, took their customers for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide-ranging scheme.
A Marlton couple who allegedly scammed hundreds of travel customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling fake vacation packages and collecting fees on what they claimed were free, promotional airfares and cruises they never delivered were indicted Friday, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Tuesday. Daryl Turner, 41, and his wife, Robyn Bernstein, 43, opened and closed down numerous travel agencies in a four-year period to stay ahead of their victims, and laundered more than $700,000 stolen from their victims through two bank accounts to buy a 4,500-square-foot home, Chiesa said. “Like a pair of old-school con artists, Turner and Bernstein allegedly operated eight different travel companies in a little …
Friday, April 19, 2013
SWAT teams closed in on the surviving suspect as he took shelter in the backyard of a home in Watertown, Massachusetts
The foot pursuit happened in the unit block of Truman Avenue in Haddonfield.
A resident in the unit block of Truman Avenue in Haddonfield chased a man out of his car and down his street early Monday morning. The foot pursuit ended when the man escaped from sight shortly after 5:51 a.m. Police described the incident as an auto burglary. The alleged perpetrator was headed toward Haddon Township when he fled. Police there, and for the PATCO rail line, were notified but did not report an arrest. He was described as a young man, wearing a dark brown jacket.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Haddonfield police say Barbara Messerschmidt hit a preteen pedestrian and fled without helping the injured girl.
A Barrington woman who allegedly hit an 11-year-old pedestrian in Haddonfield and fled the scene told police she panicked and left without helping the girl, Haddonfield Police say. Barbara Messerschmidt, 69, was arrested April 16 after officers spent several days searching for the reported driver in the April 13 hit-and-run. She was charged with knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and endangering an injured victim. The girl was crossing the street near Rite Aid and P.J. Whelihan's restaurant on the 700 block of North Haddon Avenue around 8:30 p.m. April 13 when Messerschmidt allegedly hit her. The victim was taken by ambulance to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where she was last listed in …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Following an attack on the Boston Marathon finish, Mayor Michael Nutter vows to step up security for the May 5 race.
The roughly 40,000 runners signed up for this year’s Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia on May 5 can expect to see a major increase in security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 130, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a press conference Monday evening. While Nutter didn’t lay out specifics of what that extra security would entail, he said it will be in force along the entire length of the 10-mile race, which starts just south of Central High School and finishes alongside mothballed Navy ships in the city’s Navy Yard in a straight shot down Broad Street. “At this time, there are no specific threats or threat incidents in Philadelphia, but of course, we …