Crime Log – March 9, 2018 – March 23, 2018

Mar 10:            Incident to a motor vehicle stop for an equipment violation, police observed that the passenger, a 20 year old Salem City man, was not wearing his seatbelt and inquired as to his identity.  During that interaction the passenger’s behavior changed and police conducted further inquiry which led to the man surrendering a quantity of marijuana from his person.  He was ultimately arrested and transported to headquarters where he was processed and served summonses for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt and Possession of Under 50g of Marijuana.  He was then released pending a date in Logan Township Municipal Court. 

Mar 11:            Police conducted a motor vehicle stop for an expired registration.  While speaking to the driver, a 21 year old Woolwich Township man, the odor of marijuana was present in the vehicle.  A subsequent probable cause search revealed a quantity of suspected marijuana, a metal grinder and a glass pipe commonly used to ingest CDS.  He was arrested and transported to headquarters.  There he was processed, served several summonses charging him with Unregistered Vehicle, Uninsured Vehicle, Possession of Under 50g of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was then released pending a date in Logan Township Municipal Court. 

Mar 12:            A Barker Ave resident reported that the home he was renovating was burglarized.  No evidence was found on scene and nothing was taken from within the residence. 

Mar 13:            Police were dispatched to Acme, 1619 Center Square Rd, for a report of shoplifting.  Upon arrival, it was learned that the suspect, a black male in his 20’s and approximately 6’ 3” tall, had filled a grocery cart with approximately $274 worth of groceries and exited the store without paying for the items.  When he was confronted by management, the suspect left the cart and entered a Ford Explorer which then left the scene.  Acme employees were able to get a registration from the vehicle and the resulting investigation revealed that the suspect was a 23 year old Penns Grove man.  The suspect was arrested in Penns Grove on March 23rd and turned over to Logan Township Police for processing.  He was then served his summons and released pending a date in Gloucester County Superior Court. 

Mar 15:            Police were dispatched to Custom Building Products, 2115 High Hill Rd for a report of a truck driver who may be under the influence of alcohol and causing a disturbance.  Upon arrival officers made contact with the unruly driver who refused to comply with officer safety commands and clenching his fists in an aggressive, combative manner towards police.  He was eventually arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct before being transported to Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury for evaluation. 

Mar 16:            Incident to a motor vehicle stop, the driver, a 28 year old Paulsboro man, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Harrison Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1500.00.  He was transported to headquarters for processing and ultimately remanded to the Salem County Jail in default of bail. 

Mar 18:            NJSP requested assistance in apprehending a suspect who had fled on foot from a stolen vehicle on I-295.  Upon arriving to the area of Swedesboro Rd and Democrat Rd in Greenwich Township, Troopers were taking the juvenile male into custody.  Responding officers immediately recognized the male as the suspect in an armed robbery which had taken place on Edward Dr on March 5th.  NJSP processed and charged the juvenile for the incident involving the stolen car and he was then turned over to Logan Township Police for processing on the outstanding charges for the robbery.  After processing, he was remanded to the Camden County Youth Detention Facility to await a date in Gloucester County Superior Court. 

Mar 22:            Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Lafayette Dr for a report of an assault.  Upon arrival it was learned that the victim, a 20 year old Bridgeton man, had been approached by two men, whom he knew from previous encounters, as he was clearing snow from his vehicle.  The men approached the victim and assaulted him, knocking him to the ground, kicking and punching him, and stealing his cell phone in the process.  He suffered lacerations to the face, head neck and leg, as well as bruised ribs.  He was transported to Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury for treatment of his injuries.  The ensuing investigation identified the suspects as a 19 year old Swedesboro man and a 20 year old Logan Township man.  Both were later apprehended in the Village Center without incident. 

The Swedesboro man was charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Theft, Defiant Trespass and Terroristic Threats.  The Logan Township man was charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Theft.  Both men were transported to headquarters where they were processed.  They were then remanded to Salem County Jail to await a Detention Hearing.