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Car Stolen from West Deptford Wawa while Man Shops

Another West Deptford resident was jailed in connection with the incident after admitting to police that he allegedly traded the stolen vehicle for drugs.

West Deptford police say a township man stole a parked car from the Wawa parking lot and drove it to Camden where he allegedly traded it for drugs. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
West Deptford police say a township man stole a parked car from the Wawa parking lot and drove it to Camden where he allegedly traded it for drugs. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
The moral of the story: don't leave your car running with the keys in the ignition while you shop.

One West Deptford man learned that lesson the hard way, after his car was stolen while he ducked into the Wawa on Crown Point Road on December 6.

West Deptford police say a township resident left the keys in his mother's 2005 Nissan Altima with the engine running while he went into the store. He emerged to find his vehicle was missing, and called police.

Surveillance footage from the property showed a man enter the vehicle, and then drive off in the direction of the Route 295 overpass. Officer Frank Mullin recognized him as West Deptford resident Joseph Richter, a man known to police from prior encounters.

A warrant was issued for Richter's arrest, and police apprehended him on December 7. While in custody, police say Richter admitted to taking vehicle and driving to Camden, where he traded it for drugs.

The car has not been located.

Richter was charged with vehicle theft, and was remanded to the Salem County jail in default of bail.

All information provided by West Deptford Police. An arrest is not a conviction.
Dorothy Sinkler December 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Years ago when I first learned to drive my driving instructor emphasized to me that I must never leaves the keys in the car even if I was just going to be gone for a few seconds. I recall many times when I would just blithely leave the car forgetting to take the keys. He would make me get in and out of my car countless times, putting the key in the car and taking it out until he felt I had mastered this task. To this day, even if I get out of my car to clean the windshield I remove my car keys and lock the car. Never, never, ever leave your keys in your car when you exit the car. Hopefully this unfortunate driver has learned a valuable lesson.
Harry lucas December 17, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Anybody that leaves the keys deserves to have there vehicle taken.
Johnny Hopkins December 17, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Explosive Joseph strikes again
David Sileo December 19, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Unattended cars left idling and smoking at the entrances of stores such as wawa both violate state and local codes. Perhaps the car owners fine should be slightly reduced since his car was stolen. Air quality and environmental health standards should be enforced with the future of our children in mind.

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