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Information sought on robbery suspects

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating the robbery of a taxi driver and is asking for help from the public to identify four suspects caught on surveillance video.

The robbery occurred on Feb. 16 around 12:45 a.m. at the corner of Mount Ephraim and Kaighns avenues where the four suspects were dropped off by a taxi. As the suspects exited the taxi, one of them assaulted the driver while another took a cell phone from him before all four fled the area on foot. The suspects are described as three black males all between the ages of 15 and 17 wearing dark clothing. One of the male suspects was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket. The fourth suspect is described as a female between the ages of 15 and 17 wearing a dark jacket, bright orange pants and Uggs-style boots.

In the surveillance video that accompanies this release, the suspects are seen before the crime at the Loews movie theater in Cherry Hill where they were picked up by the taxi. The video is on the Camden County Police Department Facebook page and can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EThEqUmrLyU&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information about this suspect should call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Officer of the Week – Sgt. Migdalia Sanchez

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This week the Camden County Police Department recognizes the hard work and dedication of Sergeant Migdalia Sanchez as Officer of the Week.

Sergeant Sanchez began her law enforcement career with the former city police department in 1999. In April of 2013 she joined the Camden County Police Department and supervises Neighborhood Response Team officers in the city’s 2nd District covering Liberty Park, Centerville, Morgan Village, Waterfront South and Fairview.

Earlier this month, Sergeant Sanchez played an integral role in organizing an event in Centerville for the Chelton Terrace buddy program in which Neighborhood Response Team officers and children paired as buddies spent time together reading, working on Valentine’s Day arts and crafts and playing football. The event also featured a discussion with families about social media and do’s and don’ts for kids to stay safe when using social media.

“Sergeant Sanchez supervises a unit that has been at the forefront of advancing the department’s community policing philosophy. She was a leader in organizing toy donations during the holiday season and has helped ensure the success of the buddy program,” said Lieutenant Richard Verticelli.

We’re proud to honor Sergeant Sanchez as Officer of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Jason Parratt and Cody Sampolski and Officer Tyler Hagan.

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Car stop leads to the apprehension of fugitive wanted for attempted murder

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(Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department Officer Alexander Dimedio apprehended a fugitive wanted for attempted murder Sunday.

Officer Dimedio was on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues when he observed Dashon Green, 31, of Camden, driving a gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Kaighn Avenue. Green was wanted as the suspect in a Jan. 16 shooting incident on the 1000 block of Mechanic Street. Officer Dimedio stopped the vehicle at the corner of West and Royden streets where Green was arrested without incident and found to be in possession of ecstasy.

Green was charged from the Jan. 16 incident with three counts of Criminal Attempted Murder and one count each of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon For an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons. The Certain Persons charge is based on a previous drug distribution conviction. Green was also charged with Possession of a CDS for the ecstasy officers recovered Sunday.

Green was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $1,975,000 cash or bond.

Officer of the Week – George Lewis III

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This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes the hard work of Officer George Lewis III – he is the latest CCPD Officer of the Week.

Officer Lewis previously worked for the Delaware Department of Corrections and the Cape May Police Department before joining the Camden County Police Department in April 2013. He is assigned to the 4th District Neighborhood Response Team.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 4, Officer Lewis on patrol near the corner of Mount Ephraim and Kaighn avenues when he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from a man standing near a gas station store. When Officer Lewis approached the man to investigate, he ran from the scene. Officer Lewis chased the suspect on foot and other officers assisted in the pursuit before the suspect was apprehended. He was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum handgun, 118 bags of crack cocaine, a quantity of marijuana and $276 in cash.

“This was an excellent job by an officer whose attention to detail and follow through led to an arrest and a loaded gun and drugs being taken off the streets,” said Lt. Kevin Wilkes.

Also nominated for their outstanding work were Officers Melvin Fuentes and Stephen Bezich.

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Information sought on theft suspect

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week and is asking for help from the public to identify the suspect caught on surveillance video.

The theft occurred on Feb. 10 around 1:50 p.m. inside the Marlton Beauty Supply store at 292 Marlton Pike when a customer accidentally left her wallet on a store shelf and walked away. From the surveillance video from inside the store, a female suspect can be seen standing near the wallet, taking it off the shelf and then leaving the store. The video can be seen on the Camden County Police Department Facebook page and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2VA05GqSqE&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information about this suspect should call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Information sought on armed robbery suspects

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 30 and asking for help from the public to identify two suspects caught on surveillance video.

Shortly after 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 30, officers responded to investigate an armed robbery that had taken place near the corner of Somerset and Raritan streets. As the victim approached the intersection on his bicycle, he observed a gold Nissan Altima approaching the intersection. While the driver remained in the car, a passenger described as a heavy-set black male got out of the car, pointed a gun at the victim and took cash from him before getting back into the car and driving off on Raritan toward Baird Boulevard.

The suspects and the vehicle can be seen on surveillance video at the Lukoil gas station at 2225 Admiral Wilson Boulevard shortly before the crime. The video accompanies this release and can be seen on the Camden County Police Department Facebook page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQs2q993rS8&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information about this incident or these suspects should call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

Officers of the Week – Matthew Krol and Daniel Kramer

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This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes the hard work of a pair of officers – Matthew Krol and Daniel Kramer.

Officer Kramer served with the Atlantic City Police before joining the CCPD in April 2013. Officer Krol seven years as a police dispatcher and five years as an officer in Gloucester Township before joining the CCPD in December 2013. Both officers are assigned to Patrol Platoon 3.

On the night of Jan. 29, Officer Krol observed a car commit a motor vehicle infraction while driving on Atlantic Avenue and conducted a motor vehicle stop. While Officer Krol was investigating, one of the five occupants got out and ran from the scene. Officer Kramer chased the suspect on foot and observed him discard a handgun while running. Officer Kramer caught the suspect and recovered the weapon – a loaded Phoenix Arms .22 caliber Long Rifle.

“Officers Krol and Kramer worked together to take an armed individual off the street and are deserving of this recognition,” said Lt. Kevin Wilkes.

For their proactive effort to make the community safer, Officer Krol and Kramer are the Camden County Police Department Officers of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Shaune Collins and Stephen Doudoukjian and Sgt. Angel Nieves.

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Keeping kids safe on social media

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These days, parents have plenty of reason to worry about what their children are doing, and who they’re connecting with, online. Kids want to be on Twitter, Instagram and other such platforms, but aren’t necessarily inclined to protect themselves when they create accounts and begin posting. Some steps parents should be sure kids take:

- Don’t provide optional, extra personal information when creating an account on a social media platform. Be minimal on personal details.

- Make it clear that they should never put their address, phone number or any other specific contact information on a social media page or provide that information to individuals they connect with on social media.

- Only allow them to have “friends/followers” who are people they know personally, not strangers that request a connection.

- Only let “friends/followers” see their posts and full profile/page, not every user out there, and not even friends of friends.

- Set limits about posting photographs of themselves and their friends.

- Regularly check in on kids’ social media pages and profiles to make sure what’s there is OK.

Retirement – Sgt. Phillip Wright

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Today, the Camden County Police Department says goodbye to one of its distinguished veterans who has proudly served the city where he was born and raised and retired with the admiration and respect of all who have served with him – Sergeant Phillip Wright.

The son of former Camden school board member and Camden County Freeholder Aletha Wright, Sgt. Wright served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He joined the former Camden Police Department in February 1996 as a patrol officer. In 1998 he was assigned to the department’s proactive patrol unit and tactical force. That same year he joined the department’s SWAT team when it was formed. In March of 2008 he was assigned as the rangemaster for the police department. As a firearms instructor he is certified in a variety of weapons including shotgun and rifle instruction.

After 17 years with the Camden Police Department, he joined the Camden County Police Department in the spring of 2013 and continued in his role as department rangemaster. He was promoted to sergeant in October 2013 and, in his most recent assignment, has excelled leading a platoon of Neighborhood Response Team officers in the city’s 2nd District.

Sergeant Wright has served with dignity and valor and has had a positive impact on all who have had the honor and privilege of working with him. We congratulate him on his retirement and wish him all the best in his next endeavor.

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Chief J. Scott Thomson, Sgt. Wright and Deputy Chief Joseph Wysocki

Internet safety for children

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Internet safety for children – reduce the chance of your child being victimized by a financial or sexual predator online by taking these steps:

- Placing computers and only allowing them to use tablets and other connected devices in common areas of the home accessible to everyone.

- Spend time with your child on the Internet explaining things to them.

- Subscribe to a service provider that offers parental control features.

- Install software that blocks inappropriate websites and utilizes passwords.

- Teach kids never to meet face to face with someone they meet online and never give out their name, address, phone number and other personal information on the Internet or to someone they have met online.

- Do not allow children to enter areas on the Internet that charge for services without asking you first.

- Recognize signs that your child may be at risk. These include using the Internet at odd hours of the night, quickly switching screens or becoming defensive when you enter the room, calls or texts from unknown phone numbers and using an email or social media account that belongs to someone else.

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