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West Deptford Police Bust 5 Teens for Car Burglary Spree

The teens allegedly hit nearly 30 cars over a nine-day span this month.

Five teenage boys have been arrested and charged with burglary and theft in connection with a car burglary spree that stretched over two weeks in the Colonial Manor, Oakview and Thorofare sections of the township, Chief Craig Mangano said Thursday.

The group of teens—four 16-year-old boys and one 15-year-old boy, all from West Deptford, who were not identified because of their ages—started targeting unlocked cars back on Aug. 17 and continued through Aug. 26, before police were tipped off anonymously and detectives pinned down the alleged burglars through an investigation, Mangano said.

At least 28 cars were hit over those nine days—12 in Colonial Manor, six in Oakview and 10 in the Thorofare section of the township off Red Bank Avenue—and most had items ranging from cash to electronics to wallets stolen, Mangano said. The five teens made off with about $2,500 worth of stuff, he said.

There may be more victims, though, Mangano said—at least a handful had reported break-ins since the initial investigation, and though police believe the five teens were the only ones involved, the case remains open because of the potential for more victims.

A rash of car break-ins over the same time frame in National Park may also be connected to the teens, though neither Westville-National Park police Chief Fred Lederer III nor Capt. Bill Whinna were available to confirm that connection.

Like , the boys went after easy targets—in all cases, the cars were unlocked, and in at least a few, the windows were down, Mangano said.

“These crimes are crimes of opportunity,” he said. “As a precaution, make sure all your vehicles are locked—no matter whether it’s day or night, or if your car is in the street or in your driveway.”

Police still have some unclaimed property seized in the investigation, and Mangano urged anyone who may have been victimized in the burglary spree to get in contact with Detective Cpl. Richard Henry at 856-853-4599, x162.

Swiggles12 August 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM
YEAH! Perhaps they can be saved from a life of diralict-ness and their current goal of being future convicts.. I live by the high school and there are always gaggles of them walking in groups. Probably saw them all myself. It is so sad that they have no morals and nothing better to do with their time.
Dorothy Sinkler August 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE,, LOCK YOUR CAR AND HAVE A WORKING ALARM ON IT. THIS IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR POSSESSIONS. THESE BOYS WERE YOUR NEIGHBORS, STOP THINKING THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOCK YOUR CAR BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A "SAFE" NEIGHBORHOOD.
Swiggles12 August 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
My senitments exactly!
Kristi Simpkins September 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The authorities should release their names. They're no better then any other common thief &/or robber. Everyone will know their names soon enough anyway. If they don't stop this behavior this will likely be their lifestyle. Might as well get used to knowing who they are now. Until then ppl should always lock their cars anyway. Especially if those cars are going to be left outside of ppl's homes. No neighborhood is safe anymore. It's really sad that ppl have to live the way society does today.
alonzo carracci March 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM
"yallabuncha" smh @ Kristi Simpkins they didnt release there names because they still have a future that they can change whats ahead of them just because they're doing small crimes now doesnt mean anything it just means there going down the wrong road but they can grow up and go down the right road I personally know all five of the kids even though this was two years ago most of them had messed up lives something you probably wouldn't understand and there parents allowed them to do things like smoke weed and such and im pretty sure none of them had jobs so they wanted more and more weed/drugs so they got there money from stealing and being on drugs makes you not care so they just did it I get in contact with them every once in a while to see whats going on and i know for sure one of them is doing good no drugs or anything and hes doing positive things for him self in life the other four I dont really know how they're doing they seem to be doing pretty good from what i hear but no more criminal activity for sure so before you say there no different sit back, wait and see what happens because some are different
Kristi Simpkins March 07, 2014 at 05:32 PM
@Alonzo, first off what does that even mean? If you read my comment was written almost two years ago. Hopefully by now as you say things have since changed. Second their "small crimes" do mean something. Just b/c the crimes may be small to some people, does not mean they are meaningless & any less a crime. Those crimes meant something to the people they stole items from. Would you like having your items that you worked so hard for just taken? Of course not. No one would like that. A crime is still a crime no matter how big or small that crime may be. And people need to held accountable for their crimes. Even if they are young. There are consequences for when people commit crimes. There is NO excuse for their actions. Defending them only makes matters worse. Sadly many children today come from & live in bad situations. That doesn't mean that all of those children will end up stealing, do drugs, etc. Hopefully these young people will change their lives for the better.

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