On 04-10-13 at 3:48am officers were dispatched to the area of Grant Avenue and Park Drive for a report of a suspicious male attempting to enter vehicles.
While en route to the call, further information was provided indicating that an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction had witnessed the event after paying particular attention to his dog barking because he had seen the recent post by this Department in reference to vehicle burglaries.
The suspect fled from the off-duty officer but officers from this Department and surrounding towns were able to quickly set up a perimeter thereby preventing the suspect from escaping the area.
A thorough search of the area on foot led to an assisting Mt. Ephraim Police Department patrol officer locating the suspect hiding under a deck in a resident’s yard and he was taken into custody without incident.
Upon questioning by the Detective Bureau the suspect admitted to at least eight other vehicle burglaries including those mentioned in our post on 04-08-13.
Had it not been for the immediate response of our officers and assisting agencies, due highly in part to those officers continually patrolling these locations, the suspect may not have been apprehended.
He was charged accordingly and remanded to Camden County Correctional Facility in default of bail.
The Bellmawr Police Department would also like to extend a special thank you the Mt. Ephraim Police Department for the help in this case and to all the Departments for their continued mutual aid in events such as this.
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