Officers responded to a residence on Aloe Street after receiving a 9-1-1 call regarding a burglary in progress. The caller reported that copper piping was being stolen from the residence and loaded into a vehicle.
The caller provided a detailed description of the vehicle which left prior to police arrival. Officer Dan Choe and Det. Bryan Casey immediately proceeded to the nearby Joe’s Auto Salvage on Route 50 in Hamilton Township as this is a common location for selling scrap metal. Upon their arrival they located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot.
The driver, William Gerhardt Jr., 29, of Galloway, was taken into custody by Ofc. Choe without incident. The other two suspects, Joshua Mangold, 26, and Marcus Debow, 25, both of Mullica Township, were in the office and ran when they saw police. Det. Casey pursued Mangold and was able to take him into custody on Dahlia Street in Galloway. Debow crossed Route 50 and ran into a large wooded area bordering Galloway and Hamilton.
A perimeter was set up by Galloway officers who were assisted by officers from Hamilton Township and Egg Harbor City. Debow was spotted and chased several times over a 2 hour period. He was finally taken into custody by Galloway Ofc. Dan Weigle with the assistance of a Joe’s Auto Salvage employee in a wooded area off of Walnut Street in Hamilton.
Mangold was charged with Conspiracy, Receiving Stolen Property, and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged at ACJF on $15,000 bail set by Judge Howard Freed.
Gerhardt was charged with Conspiracy, Burglary, and Theft. He was lodged at ACJF on $15,000 bail set by Judge Howard Freed.
Debow was charged with Conspiracy, Burglary, Theft, and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged at ACJF on $20,000 bail set by Judge Howard Freed.
Officer John Mooney and Det. Casey are the investigating officers.
THOSE CHARGED ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE