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Police Credit Residents in Arrests of Erial Burglary Suspects

Gloucester Township Police say residents played key roles in the arrests of three men in Erial.

Police are praising a handful of Erial residents following the arrests of three men in connection with a residential burglary on Essex Avenue Monday morning.

Gloucester Township Police say an alert citizen called 911 at 11:52 a.m. Monday to report a burglary in progress on Essex Avenue.

The caller's quick tip, which included suspect descriptions, allowed police to quickly set up a perimeter in the area, Sgt. John Swack said. Officers responding to the scene were also informed of the suspects' direction of travel by other residents who were outside and observed them fleeing the area.

Police identified the three men accused in the burglary as Erial residents.

Two of the suspects were quickly apprehended by perimeter and roving police officers, while an off-duty Gloucester Township police officer who was working a road construction job in the area apprehended the third suspect, Swack said.

During the investigation, police recovered stolen property that was positively identified by the victim as being taken from the Essex Avenue residence.

Personnel from the Gloucester Township Police Department's Investigation Bureau and Crime Scene Property Unit also responded to the scene and assisted with this case.  

The following suspects were arrested, charged with the noted criminal offenses, and remanded to Camden County Jail in default of $50,000 bail:

  • Zachry Andrews, 21, of Brookshire Road - burglary and theft
  • Donte Bryson, 20, of Prospect Avenue - burglary and theft
  • Ameer A. Hinson, 20, Cottage Gated Road - burglary, theft and obstruction by flight
Road work? October 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Why is a cop working road construction? Not enough overtime in gtpd? What about the triton teachers that were transfered? No news or it a cover up?
mike trabosh October 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The cop is not actually working on the road, he was working as a real police officer. Had a gun, police car, and a real police uniform.
Sean McCullen (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Straight from the Police Department-issued press release: "The third suspect was captured by another Gloucester Township Police officer who was working an off duty road construction job nearby in the area." We'll seek a clarification.
Sean McCullen (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The third suspect was arrested by a Gloucester Township police officer working an overtime, traffic-control shift paid for by a contractor doing road work in the area.
Harry Hughes October 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Thats funny, usually you hear people complaining about why cops don't arrest or do their jobs and these officers not only did their jobs but an officer assigned another duty, whether off duty or not, was STILL doing his (their) jobs and made the necessary arrest! While living four streets down I'm proud od the officers and how quickly apprehensions were made. Why is it so easy for some to twist situations around to try and benefit them when all we had to say was , "Thank you!!!"
Michelle Wolfson October 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I agree. I think a simple thank you should suffice in this situation.

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