Police: Thieves took guns, cars and amusement rides from victims in three states
WINSLOW - A South Jersey man and his Philadelphia accomplice targeted storage lockers in three states and made off with guns, motorcycles, tools and amusement rides, police said Friday.
Joseph Pinnel, 40, of Philadelphia and James Williamson, 36, of Folsom, have been charged with several counts of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.
The multistate investigation started in March when the Winslow Township Police Department responded to a burglary at Cedarbrook Self-Storage on Route 73.
Police said several storage units there had been burglarized and a vehicle was stolen.
Police in Egg Harbor Township alerted Winslow of similar crimes there, and detectives soon learned other departments in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania were handling break-ins that followed the same patterns.
On Wednesday, officers from the New Jersey State Police, Delaware State Police, Winslow, Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton, Philadelphia and Abington, Pennsylvania, searched Williamson's property on North River Drive in Folsom, Atlantic County.
Police found a collection of stolen goods that included:
- 10 vehicles
- A motor home
- Two motorcylces
- An all-terrain vehicle
- Four guns (.45-caliber handgun, .22-caliber revolver, 20-gauge shotgun and 9mm pistol)
- Two bullet-resistant vests
- Two amusement park-style trains
- Vehicle parts
- Landscaping equipment
- Collectors' memorabilia
Police said they also recovered methamphetamine from the property.
Police said the stolen property was linked to victims in Hammonton, Winslow and Egg Harbor Township in South Jersey; Pennsylvania victims in Philadelphia, Abington, Upper Dublin, Plymouth Meeting, Upper Chichester, Bensalem, Doylestown, Warwick and Washington Township; and victims in Delaware.
Egg Harbor Township police in late March announced that Pinnel had been arrested in Pennsylvania while in possession of a vehicle stolen from Egg Harbor Township. Detectives there said they recovered a pickup truck and construction trailer stolen in Philadelphia.
Both men are in police custody pending court appearances.
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