GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ --On 8/1/20, at approximately 00:39 AM, Gloucester Township Police patrol officers and detectives were conducting plainclothes stakeout operations in reference to a series of unlocked vehicle burglaries that were occurring overnight in the area of Laurel Hills, Millbridge Homes, and Millbridge Gardens Apartments sections of Gloucester Township NJ.
The Gloucester Township Police Department received a call from an observant and informed citizen. The citizen had been monitoring Gloucester Township community notifications about the unlocked vehicle burglaries and saw two suspicious subjects in the area trying to open several vehicle doors on the 600 block of Hobart Dr.
Plainclothes officers conducting surveillance were already in the immediate area, located the subjects, and arrested them in the act of breaking into vehicles.
At the same time during the above operation, additional plainclothes stakeout officers located a suspicious male subject walking a motorcycle down Williamstown Rd. in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township. The male, identified as Thomas C. Killeen from Lindenwold, was stopped by police in the early morning hours around 0312 AM. The motorcycle was reported stolen out of Gloucester Township. The male was arrested for the stolen motorcycle. Additionally, officers located heroin and crystal methamphetamine on the male’s person.
Robert L. Sheppard Jr. of Woodbine along with a fifteen year old juvenile male were charged with several counts of Burglary (3rd degree) and Criminal Attempt/Burglary (3rd degree). Mr. Sheppard Jr. was also a fugitive out of the Camden County Sheriff’s Department and remanded to the Camden County Correnctional Facility. The juvenile was released to his guardian on a juvenile petition pending a family court appearance.
Arrest: Robert L. Sheppard Jr. Age 18 700 block of Longfellow St. Woodbine NJ
Arrest: A fifteen year old juvenile male
Thomas C. Killeen was charged with Theft (3rd degree), Criminal Mischief (4th degree), Possession of CDS (3rd degree), and Possession of Burglary Tools (DP). Killeen was remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a Central First Appearance in accordance with the New Jersey Criminal Reform Act.
Arrest: Thomas Killeen Age 36 1000 block of Laurel Rd. Lindenwold NJ
The arrest of these individuals is another example of the pro-active law enforcement campaigns targeting thieves who believe they can prey on our residents. Thieves may think they can continue this criminal activity, but eventually WE will find and ARREST you. The Gloucester Township Police Department will continue to attack criminals with new and innovative police strategies using modern technology.
Gloucester Township police are providing tips on how to prevent car burglaries and follow the 9 PM Routine of locking your vehicle every night. Get into the #9PMRoutine EVERY NIGHT by ensuring that your vehicles, residences doors, garages, windows, gates, sheds have been LOCKED.
By participating in the 9 PM Routine, residents can help reduce the opportunity for residential burglaries and thefts. Residents observing suspicious and/ or criminal acts in progress should call Gloucester Township Police at 856-228-4500. If you have Emergency CALL 911.A vast majority of burglaries happen to unlocked cars, so police remind residents to lock their car doors.