Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Three Riverside Men Assaulted During Robbery Attempt

On 7/6/15 at approximately 9:53 pm, the Riverside Township Police were dispatched to the area of Polk and Pavilion Avenue for the report of several subjects fighting.  Upon arrival, three adult male subjects reported that they had just been assaulted.  The men stated that they were walking home when they were punched, knocked to the ground and kicked by four adult male subjects.  The victims stated that during the assault, the subjects attempted to take personal belongings from them.  One of the subjects was reportedly knocked unconscious during the assault.  He was treated by Delran EMS. 

As a result of the police investigation that followed, two of the four subjects were identified as Jaiquan C. Merritt, 20 yrs, of Riverside and Deion M. Anderson, 18 yrs, of Beverly, NJ.  The identities of the two other subjects are being withheld at this time. 

Merritt was located and arrested shortly after the incident.  He was charged with Robbery by Force (2nd degree) and Aggravated Assault (3rd degree) and lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail. 

Anderson was taken into custody on July 8, 2015.  Anderson was also lodged in Burlington County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.  Two other suspects are still being sought by police.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Ron Brock at 856-461-8577.  

Jaiquan Merritt, 20 yrs
Deion Anderson, 18yrs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three Arrests Made in String of Car Burglaries

Riverside Police are issuing a warning to residents to lock vehicle doors and secure bicycles at all times after a string of recent car burglaries and thefts of bicycles. 

Riverside Police have responded to 5 car burglaries over the last 7 days with 4 being solved by arrests. The arrests were the result of alert residents, rapid police response, and thorough investigation by patrol officers.

On June 25th at approximately 1:00 a.m., Michael McGlynn, 22, of Riverside was arrested by Ptl. Sean Nolan and Ptl. Brendon Griffin with the assistance of Ptl. Michael McCurdy of Delran Police.  McGlynn was charged with the burglary of a vehicle on the 400 Block of Heulings Avenue after an observant resident called Burlington County Central Dispatch and provided enough details for police to locate and identify him as the suspect.  McGlynn was also charged with credit card theft and lodged in  Burlington County Jail on $10,000 with 10%.

On June 28th at approximately 11:30 p.m. police received a call of a male on a bicycle trying to break into cars.  Ptl. Anthony Congemi and SLEO II Travis Perinho located the suspect, Jose Ramos, 31, of Riverside.  He was arrested and charged with the burglary of a vehicle on the 100 Block of North Fairview Street. He also provided police with a false name and was armed with a knife.   In addition to the burglary he was charged with obstructing the administration of law and weapon offenses and lodged in Burlington County Jail on $10,000 full.

Just one hour later on June 29th at 1:30 a.m. Police arrested a 17 year old male from Riverside and charged him with two vehicle burglaries on the 700 block of Arndt Avenue. Items taken from the vehicles included prescription medication, loose change, and other items. Once again, an alert resident observed the offense, called police, and followed him until SLEO II Travis Perinho arrived and took him into custody.  He was released to a parent pending court.

In all cases loose change was taken from the vehicles. Police still have unclaimed items including, 2 Leatherman tools, electronic cigarettes, lighters, keys, a small hand purse, cigarettes, a GPS and a Hershey Park ticket. Anyone missing these items should contact Lt. Fisher at 856-461-8820.

Residents are also being warned to secure bicycles at all times. Police have responded to three bike thefts in the last 5 days. Most of those thefts have occurred during the daytime hours. Please continue to contact police if you observe any suspicious behavior. 

As a reminder, you may register your bicycle with the Riverside Police Department free of charge every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., or by appointment. The registration numbers help police identify stolen bicycles and return them to their rightful owners.

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