Ebay scams and child endangerment top this week’s Mt. Laurel Police report

ML Police

The following reports are on file with the Mt. Laurel Police Department:

On March 28 at 1:39 a.m., Mt. Laurel Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Masonville Road near Creek Road. During the stop officers arrested a female, age 25, of Mt. Laurel. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and released pending a court hearing.

On March 27 at 11:40 a.m., Mt. Laurel Police responded to a residence on Pine Cove for the report of a theft. The resident reported that an employee of a moving company stole $300 cash from a wallet in the residence. The investigation led to the arrest of the moving company employee, a male, age 23, of Philadelphia. He was charged with theft and released pending a court hearing.

A victim reported that his wallet was stolen from an unlocked locker in the men’s locker room of the YMCA on Centerton Road on March 26 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

On March 26 at 12:35 a.m., Mt. Laurel Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 38 near Briggs Road. During the stop officers arrested a male, age 52, of Mt. Laurel. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released pending a court hearing.

A victim reported that on March 25 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., someone broke the window on her vehicle and stole her purse while it was parked in the parking lot of Giant Fitness on Route 73.

On March 25 at 4:07 p.m., Mt. Laurel Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 73 near Clover Road. During the stop officers arrested a male, age 36, of Lumberton. He was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of prescription medication. He was released pending a court hearing.

A victim reported that he located a vehicle on Craig’s List that he wanted to purchase. In the advertisement for the vehicle was a link to what appeared to be an Ebay auction site. He followed the link and communicated via email with the purported owner of the vehicle. That person directed him to call a phone number to arrange payment through Ebay. The victim called the number which was answered by a man claiming to be an Ebay financial officer. This man directed the victim to send a MoneyGram to him at a location in Oklahoma. The victim wired a payment of $2,500 as instructed. After the transfer the victim received a confirmation of payment email from what he thought was Ebay Motors. The email also contained information concerning the delivery of the vehicle. The vehicle was never delivered and none of the people the victim had been communicating with could be reached again. It was at this point the victim realized he had been scammed out of his money.

On March 24 Mt. Laurel Police received a report that a counterfeit $50 bill was used to make a purchase at Laurel Liquors on Route 38 on March 19.

On March 23 at 6:49 p.m., Mt. Laurel police responded to the Home Depot on Nixon Drive for a shoplifting complaint. During the investigation officers arrested a male age 54, of Philadelphia, for shoplifting $450 worth of merchandise. He was charged with shoplifting and released pending a court hearing.

On March 23 at 2:57 p.m., a victim reported that she accidentally left her purse in a shopping cart in the parking lot of ShopRite on Nixon Drive after loading groceries into her car. When she returned a short time later the purse was gone.

On March 22 at 5:47 pm., Mt. Laurel Police responded the area of Larchmont Boulevard and Christopher Mills Drive for the report of a vehicle that had crashed into a utility pole and then fled the area. Witnesses reported that they saw three children in the passenger portion of the vehicle. Officers located the suspect vehicle at a residence on Charing Way. Two children were in the vehicle. Witnesses reported the driver removed another child from the vehicle and escorted the child into a residence. The driver then fled the area on foot by herself. Responding officers located the driver on Hastings Way and arrested her after a brief foot chase. A female, age 33, of Mt. Laurel was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving injuries, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, possession of a hypodermic syringe, and several motor vehicle violations. Bail was set at $122,500 no 10 percent option and she was committed to the Burlington County Jail. One of the children was treated and released at a local hospital for an injury sustained in the crash.