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GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (November 30, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)-It was a busy week for the Gloucester City Police Department. Numerous automobile crashes, drug arrests, burglaries and vandalism were just some of the crimes that kept the cops active.

Screen Shot 2018-12-01 at 16.23.37Tito Diaz Jr. CNBNews file photo

One name that kept popping up in the most recent crime report was that of Tito Diaz Jr. the  32-year-old scoundrel who is presently residing in Brooklawn, according to police. Research shows that Diaz Jr., is arrested time and time again for various misdemeanors only to be released after being apprehended. Diaz has been plaguing the Gloucester City area for years. For example in October 2012 he was arrested for starting a multi-alarm fire in a abandon house on Market Street.  That year and the year before he had been arrested a total of 36 times. Last week Gloucester City Police arrested Diaz Jr., and his companion sleeping in a tent at Charles and Water Streets. 

From a October 2012 article about Diaz Jr., 

Lt. Brian Morrell, a spokesman for the Department said, ”We were able to remand Diaz to the county jail four times this year and twice in 2011. The gap in arrests between July 20 and October 5 is due to the time he spent in the county jail on a burglary charge before either being released on bail or accepting a plea agreement. We have not been notified of any plea agreement yet and the Prosecutor’s office will usually send a letter to the investigating officer notifying them of the sentence. There is also a gap between May 26 and July 15, as well as, December 11, 2011 and March 8, 2012 due to time he spent in the county jail on outstanding warrants/charges.”

Related: Tito Diaz Jr. No Stranger to Gloucester City Police

A complete list of this week's police activities appears below.

11/23 (5:22 am) Ptl. Will DeFoney was called to the 700 block of Market St. for a crash involving one vehicle.  No injuries were reported.

11/23 (2:39 pm) Ptl. Will DeFoney and Ptl. Keith Wall responded to Johnson Blvd. at Essex St. for a crash involving one vehicle that was reported to have overturned and caught fire.  Upon arrival, the officers found the driver of the vehicle trapped inside and a fire in the engine compartment.  With assistance of a few residents who stopped to help, the officers were able to extract the driver through the windshield and away from the vehicle.  GCFD personnel arrived and extinguished the fire.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.  A mechanical failure may have contributed to the crash.

 

11/23 (10:06 pm) A traffic stop on Broadway at King St. conducted by Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo resulted with the arrest of Jeffrey G. Gilliam (56), a resident of Bristol, PA.  He was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

 

11/24 (12:25 am) Ptl. Bob Saunders III was called to the unit block of Yale Ave. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/24 (8:37 pm) Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Chambers St. for a reported burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, the resident reported an unknown male walked in the front door of his house.  He forced the male out of his residence and the male left the area heading north.  A description of the male was broadcast and a short time later, Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo located a male matching the description on Mercer St. at Railroad Ave.  The intoxicated male was positively identified and arrested.  Michael A. Cranmer (44), a resident of Blackwood, was charged with criminal trespass and found to be a fugitive from justice wanted in Gloucester County.  Cranmer was turned over to the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office.

 

11/24 (9:53 pm) Ptl. Bob Saunders III was called to Rt. 130 at Klemm Ave. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/24 (9:50 pm) Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo responded to Westville to assist Westville Police with a building search.

 

11/24 (11:04 pm) Ptl. Joe Eller was called to Rt. 130 at Klemm Ave. for a hit and run crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.

 

11/25 (12:01 am) Brian F. Tomlin (39), a resident of the 500 block of Middlesex St. was arrested in front of his residence by Ofc. Brittany Pollander and charged with disorderly conduct.  He was released.

 

11/25 (9:08 am) Numerous residents and business owners in the areas of the 500 blocks of Bergen, Paul and Monmouth Streets, as well as the unit block of N. Broadway discovered that sometime during the early morning hours, their houses, businesses and vehicles were vandalized with spray paint.  Further investigation led to a (14) year old juvenile male from the 500 block of Bergen St. being taken into custody.  He was charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief and released to his parent pending juvenile court action.

 

11/25 (5:30 pm) Tito Diaz Jr., (32), a resident of Brooklawn, was arrested at the Citgo Gas Station on Broadway by Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo.  He was arrested and charged with defiant trespass due to the fact he had previously been banned form the business for numerous complaints and ordered not to return by the proprietor.  Diaz was additionally charged with drinking in public and possession of CDS (marijuana) before being released.

 

11/25 (9:13 pm) Officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Hudson St. for a reported fight.  Upon arrival, there was no fight in progress and no arrests were made.

 

11/26 (8:55 am) Two residents reported the windows on their vehicles were smashed while parked in the 200 block of 3rd. St. sometime during the early morning hours of November 24th.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

11/26 (11:30 am) Ptl. Sean Gartland responded to a vacant residence in the unit block of S. Sussex St. for a reported burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, two individuals were located inside the residence and arrested.  Tito Diaz Jr. (32), a resident of Brooklawn and Jennifer K. Pinardo (37), a resident of the 400 block of Market St. were charged with defiant trespass and released.

 

11/26 (7:50 am) Ptl. Ben McKinney responded to the Dollar General on S. Broadway for a shoplifting complaint.  Upon arrival, it was determined that a male removed (14) bars of soap from the store without paying.  Surveillance video was obtained and the investigation is ongoing.

 

11/26 (5:39 pm) Cpl. Bill Johnson was called to Market St. at Walnut Ave. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/26 (5:40 pm) Ptl. Mike Calzonetti and K9 Blitz were called to Washington Ave. at Market St. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/26 (5:51 pm) Cpl. Bill Lessig was called to Rt. 130 at Market St. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/26 (6:00 pm) Sgt. Bill Eller was called to Rt. 130 at Market St. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/26 (6:14 pm) Det. Keith O’Donnell responded to a vacant residence in the unit block of S. Sussex St. for a reported burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, it was determined that a male on location had vandalized a window attempting to gain entry into the residence.  Tito Diaz Jr., (32), a resident of Brooklawn, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief before being released.

 

11/26 (10:11 pm) Cpl. Bill Lessig was called to Market St. at Baynes Ave. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/27 (7:41 am) A resident of the unit block of N. Broadway reported sometime overnight, a bicycle was stolen from the rear yard of the residence.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

11/27 (6:50 pm) Ptl. Don Fager III was called to Rt. 130 at Market St. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/27 (7:55 pm) A traffic stop on Broadway at Linden St. conducted by Det. Keith O’Donnell resulted with the arrests of three individuals.  Ptl. Mike Calzonetti and K9 Blitz were called to the stop to conduct an open air narcotics sniff around the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert.  A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the recovery of a quantity of suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  Aaron W. Griffin (26), a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, Diana L. Mallette (43), a resident of the 800 block of Bergen St. and Joanne Burke (62), a resident of Cherry Hill were all charged with possession of CDS (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Mallette was also found to have a warrant for her arrest from Waterford Twp. and released on bail.  Griffin and Burke were also released.

 

11/28 (11:51 pm) A resident of the 800 block of Chambers St. reported sometime during the previous day, his vehicle was scratched while parked on the street.

 

11/28 (2:43 pm) A resident of the 300 block of Hudson St. reported the front license plate was stolen from his vehicle sometime during the early morning hours.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

11/28 (3:17 pm) Ptl. Greg Coxe was called to Jersey Ave. at 5th. St. for a crash involving two vehicles.  No injuries were reported.

 

11/28 (4:22 pm) A traffic stop on Broadway at Middlesex St. conducted by Ptl. George Spingler and Ptl. Sean Saunders resulted with the arrest s of two individuals:  Ahmir V. Walker (24), a resident of Wenonah and Brittany A. Georgette (30), a resident of Westville were arrested and charged with possession of CDS (marijuana).  Georgette was additionally found to be a fugitive from justice wanted in Gloucester County.  Walker was released and Georgette was lodged in Camden County Jail.

 

11/28 (5:14 pm) A resident of the 200 block of N. Broadway reported her purse was stolen from her unlocked vehicle sometime during the previous afternoon.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

11/28 (5:24 pm) Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo were called to Rt. 130 at Market St. for a hit and run crash involving two vehicles.  The front bumper and license plate from the fleeing vehicle were found at the scene and Woodbury Police located the vehicle a short time later.  No injuries were reported and the driver of the fleeing vehicle was charged with numerous traffic offenses.

 

11/28 (7:13 pm) Det. Keith O’Donnell and Inv. Tim Ryder were in the area of Broadway and Market St. when they observed Tito Diaz Jr. engaged in a verbal altercation with an employee at the Citgo Gas Station.  The employee went inside his booth and Diaz began kicking the door of the booth.  Diaz was arrested once again for defiant trespass, as he had previously been banned form the business.  He was additionally charged with disorderly conduct and later released.

 

 

In addition, officers made (44) traffic stops and (216) property/business checks.  Officers made (30) arrests, responded to (19) domestic disputes, impounded (2) abandoned vehicles and managed (394) calls for service between November 23rd. and November 29th.

 

 

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