Earlier this morning (1/13/15) Ezra C. Evans III (M/29) of Pennsville and Zachary J. Shimp (M/22), also of Pennsville, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of Burglary and Theft of several air conditioner units throughout the Township. Patrol officers along with Detectives from the Pennsville Police Department were able to gather evidence and pin the offenses down to Evans and Shimp.
Both individuals had been going from residence to residence removing the interior parts of the air conditioner units and getting transportation to a scrap metal facility in Camden where the components were exchanged for money. The damages and thefts to these units exceeded over $20,000.00.
Evans was charged with (9) Counts of Theft, (3) Counts of Burglary and (1) Count of Trespassing. Shimp was charged with (6) Counts of Theft, (1) Count of Burglary and (1) Count of Trespassing.
“This was excellent police work.” stated Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings and continued, “The thing that bothers me is the amount of money it will cost the homeowner to replace these units.”
Chief Cummings brought up a concerning issue that seems to be an issue at local junkyards in the area: “Also, why are the scrap metal businesses allowing individuals to bring this property to them for money.”