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Car Thieves At Large After Interrupted Heist: Police

Police arrested one of the alleged thieves after his co-conspirators ditched the vehicle in Cinnaminson, but are still seeking the other three.

Moorestown Police arrested one of the alleged thieves, but are still seeking the other three.
Moorestown Police arrested one of the alleged thieves, but are still seeking the other three.
A group of would-be car thieves are at large after they were scared off by the vehicle's owner early Monday morning, police said.

Moorestown Police said four suspects—two men and two women—were in the process of stealing a vehicle from the driveway of a home on the 800 block of Fernwood Road just before 3 a.m., when the owner confronted them from a distance and they fled. 

The suspects escaped from the scene in a blue Toyota RAV4 reported stolen out of Trenton, police said. Patrols attempted to stop the vehicle, which was speeding and driving aggressively, but lost contact. The suspects ultimately ditched the SUV in the area of Hastings Place in Cinnaminson and fled on foot.

With assistance from a K-9 unit from Evesham Township Police, officers found one of the suspects—21-year-old Darryl A. Griffin, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Ewing—in a yard near the abandoned SUV, according to a report.

The other three suspects remain at large.

Griffin was charged with attempted burglary and receiving stolen property, with bail set at $20,000 (10 percent). He was turned over to Burlington Township Police, who are investigating similar vehicle thefts, police said.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation, or who has security cameras that may have captured the suspects, is urged to contact police at 856-914-3092, or file a report through the township website. Tips and reports can be submitted anonymously. 

For suspicious activity, contact the Moorestown Police Department at 856-234-8300. Call 911 for crimes in progress. 

Information provided by Moorestown Police. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

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