Mt. Laurel man scammed out of $12,000 in gift cards in latest Mt. Laurel Police Report

Read about this incident and more in the latest reports released by police.

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

On June 2, a victim reported that he was the victim of a phone scam.

The victim reported that on June 1 he received a call from a man posing as his grandson. The suspect convinced the victim that he had been involved in a car crash and was now under arrest. He explained that he needed $4,000 so the Judge would release him from jail.

The victim was directed to pay in the form of Wal-Mart gift cards and he did as he was instructed. He was then asked for another $5,000 to pay for a utility pole had been damaged in the car crash. He was directed to make this payment in the form of Target gift cards, which he did.

On June 2, the victim received another call from the person posing as his grandson. The suspect claimed he needed another $3,000 to cover additional damages. Once again the victim did as he was asked and he purchased $3,000 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards and gave the information to the caller.

After the final transaction the victim’s bank contacted him and explained that they were concerned about the transactions. The victim then realized he had been scammed out of $12,000.

A guest of a hotel on the 1100 block of Route 73 reported that at approximately 4:15 p.m. on June 7 her purse was stolen from a luggage cart. She reported that she left the purse unattended on the cart as she brought luggage into the hotel. The purse contained two cell phones and jewelry.

At 9:58 p.m. on June 6, Mt. Laurel Police responded to an assault report on Church Road at Route 73. The investigation revealed that the assault resulted from a road rage incident. One driver exited her vehicle while stopped at the traffic light on Church Road at Route 73 and assaulted the female driver of another vehicle. No injuries were reported and no complaints have been signed.

During the overnight hours of June 5 into June 6, a rock was thrown through a window of a vehicle parked near the 1100 building of Harwood Court.

During the overnight hours of June 4 into June 5, an unlocked vehicle parked on Courtney Way was entered and rummaged through. Nothing was reported stolen.

At 12:04 a.m. on June 5, Mt. Laurel Police responded to a park on Willow Turn for suspicious activity. The investigation resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old female for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was turned over to her mother.

At 7:22 p.m on June 4, Mt. Laurel Police responded to the Wawa, 1115 Route 73, for a harassment complaint. During the investigation, officers arrested a female, age 26, of Laurel Springs. She was charged with possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The female was released pending a court hearing.

Between noon and 1 p.m. on June 4, an unlocked vehicle parked at the Fellowship Community Church, 1520 Hainesport Road, was entered. An iPad and a Samsung cell phone were stolen.

On May 28, Mt. Laurel Police received a report of a shoplifting at DSW on Centerton Road. Two suspects stole $654 worth of shoes. At 12:50 p.m. on June 4, the suspects returned to DSW and were stopped by Mt. Laurel Police. A female, age 23, of Lumberton, and a male, age 43, of Mt. Holly, were arrested. Both were charged with shoplifting. In addition, the female was charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were committed to the Burlington County Jail.

A victim reported that between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on June 3, his unlocked vehicle was entered and his wallet containing various credit cards was stolen. His vehicle was parked at the Lifetime Fitness on Church Road when the theft occurred. Someone attempted to use three of the victim’s stolen credit cards at the Cherry Hill Mall shortly after the theft.

At 3:15 p.m. on June 3, Mt. Laurel Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 38 near Briggs Road. During the stop officers arrested Jayla M. Thompson, age 21, of Willingboro. She was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and released pending a court hearing.

On June 3, a resident reported that they were a victim of a scam. The victim stated that she contacted a cat breeder via Craigslist to arrange the purchase of a rare hypoallergenic cat. The victim paid the breeder $400 via Western Union. The breeder then contacted the victim and stated they needed an additional $600 to pay the delivery company. The victim paid the money again via Western Union only to be told another $400 was needed to pay for a broken cage. The victim requested a refund and was denied. The purported breeder could not be identified.

At 9:21 p.m. on June 2, a Mt. Laurel Police Officer was patrolling the rear parking area of McDonald’s on the 1100 block of Route 73. He observed a man offloading boxes from a tractor-trailer into a passenger car. The officer stopped to investigate and discovered the driver of the tractor-trailer, a male, age 46, of Voorhees, was in the process of stealing boxes of merchandise. Police say 31 boxes valued at approximately $1,500 were recovered from the car. The male was arrested, charged with theft and released pending a court hearing.