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Authorities Arrest Rooftop Copper Bandits; Suspects Caused over $1M in Damages

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Nov. 27, 2019)--Nov. 8, 2019 at approximately 2035 PM, Gloucester Township Police patrol officers located a suspicious male, later identified as Rahjahn Waters from Pine Hill, on the rooftop of Commerce Square 1435 Blackwood-Clementon Rd, posing a New Jersey American Water employee servicing the HVAC units.  Investigation revealed the male removed copper coils from several rooftop HVAC units causing damage in excess of $140,000.

 

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On Nov. 11, at approximately 3:45 PM, detectives were conducting enhanced police operations and follow up at Commerce Plaza II. Detectives located two (2) males, later identified as Jason Hutzler and Moises Ambriz, actively dismantling rooftop air conditioning units. The males fled on foot and utilized a rooftop hatch ladder in an attempt to evade police. Gloucester Township Police patrol officers established a perimeter containing the subjects and several Gloucester Township Police detectives apprehended the males after a brief foot pursuit.  Damage caused was estimated at $103,619.
 
On November 13, detectives from the Gloucester and Voorhees Township Police Departments launched a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a series of rooftop air conditioner thefts.  Information was developed from partnering detectives that the rooftop bandits were responsible for a similar incident in Voorhees Township at -American Water causing damage in excess of $1,000,000. Waters and an additional male, Leon Dandy, and female Miranda Ulmer, were charged with Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief in connection with the Voorhees incident. Waters used materials stolen from this incident to pose an American Water employee in Gloucester Township on Nov. 8.
 
Rahjahn Waters was charged with Theft (2nd degree), Criminal Mischief (3rddegree), Criminal Trespass (Disorderly Persons), Possession of Burglary Tools (Disorderly Persons), an Impersonation (2nd degree).  Waters was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a Central First Appearance in accordance with the New Jersey Criminal Reform Act.
 
Jason Hutzler was charged with Criminal Mischief (3rd Degree), Resisting Arrest (4th Degree), Criminal Trespassing (Disorderly Persons Offense) and Possession of Burglary Tools (Disorderly Persons Offense). Hutzler was released pending a court appearance.
 
Moises Ambriz was charged with Criminal Mischief (3rd Degree), Resisting Arrest (4th Degree), Criminal Trespassing (Disorderly Persons Offense) and Possession of Burglary Tools (Disorderly Persons Offense). Ambriz was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a Central First Appearance in accordance with the New Jersey Criminal Reform Act.
 
Arrest: Rahjahn Waters 24 YOA 2600 block of Kenwood Drive Pine Hill NJ 08021
Arrest: Jason Hutzler 25 YOA 1100 block S. Merrimac Road, Camden NJ 08104
Arrest: Moises Ambriz 25 YOA 2200 block of Tall Pines, Pine Hill NJ 08021
Arrest/Voorhees: Leon Dandy 34 YOA 828 Blackwood-Clementon Rd. Pine hill NJ 08021
Arrest/Voorhees: Miranda Ulmer 28 YOA 500 block of Erial Rd. Sicklerville NJ (Winslow)
 
This collaborative investigation is the result of local police partnership and networking that led to the disruption of a serial theft crew.  Business owners are encouraged to inspect their air condition units during the off season to ensure they were not victimized by similar crimes.


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Gloucester Township officers utilized the Gloucester Township Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to capture images of the destruction caused by the copper bandits.
 

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