Police Turn to Community to Crack Unsolved Crimes
Nine crimes were caught on video—now police hope someone recognizes one of the suspects captured by surveillance cameras.
Gloucester Township Police are going with what works—turning to social media to help solve a spate of open cases, one dating back almost a year.
The police department, which has a very active presence on social media sites, posted nine unsolved crimes to its Facebook page this week in the hopes someone may have a tip or recognize a suspect. All of the crimes featured were captured on video and in some cases the suspect’s face is very clear.
The unsolved crimes are:
• Debit card fraud at CVS, 701 College Drive, Blackwood on May 21, 2012
At around 4 p.m., a woman featured in surveillance video uses a fraudulent debit card to buy two $300 Visa gift cards. The owner of the debit card account had possession of the original card and was not in Blackwood when the crime was committed. The victim told police someone also attempted to use the card at a Deptford Walgreens just after the account was canceled. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Attempted vehicle theft at ShopRite, Blackwood Clementon Road, on Aug. 22, 2012
At approximately 11 p.m., a dark pickup truck, possibly a 1999-2002 Silverado GMC 1500 Extended Cab, pulls up to the victim’s car in the ShopRite parking lot. The truck’s passenger gets out, puts on a white shirt, enters the victim’s car and attempts to break the column. After several unsuccessful minutes, the thieves instead steal items from the car and leave. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Theft of display case at Shop Rite, Chews Landing Road, on Sept. 7, 2012
At 8:10 p.m., a suspect—possibly a white male wearing a dark shirt, light shorts and white sneakers—drivers a white Ford pickup to the rear of the ShopRite and steals a black metal display case. The pickup truck is possibly a Ranger Sport model and has New Jersey tags, a white front grill, chrome running boards and a large rear trailer hitch. The cargo area appeared to hold three red gasoline cans, two white round containers and other items. The truck has “Sport” in red letters on both sides of the bed. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Equipment theft at ShopRite, Blackwood Clementon Road, on Sept. 13, 2012
At 1:20 p.m., two suspects arrive at ShopRite in a mid-1990s white Dodge work van. They stole a commercial-grade floor scrapper and parts, with a total value of $8,000. The van was seen traveling eastbound on Blackwood Clementon Road, from the direction of downtown Blackwood, before turning into ShopRite. The suspects headed back the same way when they left. The van is described as one with ladder racks, a missing passenger side hubcap and a dent on the door. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• iPhone theft at the Verizon store, 1477 Blackwood Clementon Rd., on Sept. 22, 2012
Two men entered the Verizon store at 7:30 p.m. One suspect reached over the store’s counter when the clerk walked away, and put a black iPhone 4S in his pants. He’s described as a stocky white male with a shaved head, thin beard and mustache, wearing a dark blue T-shirt with “polo” on the front and jeans. The second suspect is described as a stocky white man with short blond hair and wearing a white T-shirt with an unknown design, jeans and black sneakers. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Theft from a shed on Chews Landing Road on Sept. 23, 2012
At noon, three suspects stole several items from a shed at a Chews Landing Road home. The first suspect is a 20- to 30-year-old white male with an athletic build and short brown hair. He was possibly driving a 2002-2005 Ford Explorer. The second suspect is a 20- to 30-year-old white female with a medium build and dark brown or dark red hair worn up. The third suspect opened the rear door of the Explorer, but never exited the vehicle. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Theft from a taxi at Sunoco, Blackwood Clementon Road, on Oct. 22, 2012
A cab driver pulled up to the store at Sunoco and exited the car. His customer stole the driver’s cell phone and money. The suspect is a thin, black male in his 20s wearing a white, hooded sweatshirt, faded jeans, white sneakers and a backpack. He fled the area on foot. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Debit card theft, Wawa, 800 North Black Horse Pike, Blenheim, on Nov. 5, 2012
A Wawa customer dropped a debit card in the parking lot, and a female used it to make purchases. The woman pulled her hoodie over her head when the victim comes to the counter to ask if anyone found the lost debit card. The woman, who had her dark hair pulled back and was wearing sunglasses on her head, a dark hoodie with white designs, dark pants and dark shoes, used the card to buy several items. When she left the store, she met up with a thin, white male wearing a white baseball hat, black T-shirt with a green and white design, jeans and dark shoes. They drove off in a four-door, dark Ford Fusion. Click here to view the YouTube video.
• Armed robbery at Pantry One, Black Horse Pike at Station Avenue, Glendora, on Dec. 16, 2012
A suspect brandished a knife and ordered the clerk to hand over money from two registers. The suspect stabbed the counter and the scanner gun, and threatened to kill the clerk if he didn’t hand over the money. The suspect left with $1,000 in cash and fled on foot on Station Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, and wearing a black hooded jacket with a logo on the left chest area, a black knit hat and a glove on his right hand. Click here to view the YouTube video.
Anonymous tips for these and other crimes may be submitted to Gloucester Township Police at 856-842-5560 or through an online form.