Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two Burglars Caught in the Act Solves Other Crimes

Early Wednesday morning at approximately 2:30 a.m. Riverside Police were dispatched to Johnny G’s steak shop on St. Mihiel Drive for a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, Patrol officers observed two subjects inside the building. When police entered the building, one subject, identified as Daniel Brock, 35, of Riverside was taken into custody without incident.  The second subject, Patrick Herrchaft, 44, of Riverside fled out the same window he had entered.

Herrchaft was apprehended after a brief foot chase onto American Legion Drive. He was then transported under arrest to Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro and treated for injuries he had sustained during his attempt to flee from police and resist arrest. He was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting arrest. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $10,000 bail.

Riverside Detectives were already investigating Daniel Brock for several car burglaries and other theft complaints in the area and had him under surveillance. Through lengthy investigation it was determined that Brock was responsible for almost a dozen car burglaries and two home burglaries, one on Kossuth Street and another on Heulings Avenue, in June of this year.

Daniel Brock 35 Riverside, NJ
Brock would enter unlocked cars to obtain change and valuables that he could sell. In both home burglaries he had broken a small window in the rear of the properties.  He would then be able to unlock the doors and enter. Both victims reported that jewelry and cash was taken. A search of Brock's residence located a few items which may have been stolen (items pictured below).   Brock was charged with 3 counts of burglary, 2 counts of criminal trespass, theft, possession of burglary tools, and criminal mischief.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $50,000 bail.

It is known that some items were sold in various markets in and around the City of Camden called "bodegas." Some unethical bodega owners purchase shoplifted and 2nd hand items knowing they are stolen. The owners then resell them on their own shelves for increased profits. In some cases stolen items are shipped overseas to avoid being detected by law enforcement. Some bodega owners also purchase precious metal/jewelry at a much lower rate which is illegal in the state of New Jersey. It is also believed that a majority of bodegas are not licensed to trade in precious metal.  Most local municipalities in New Jersey have laws against such practices. Some municipalities also have laws that mandate stores that purchase precious and scrap metal to be set up on a monitoring program. The program is designed to help combat the illegal trade of precious and scrap metal.

Recovered Items 1 of 2

Recovered Items 2 of 2
If recognized please contact Lt. Lou Fisher

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