Cinnaminson Residents Charged in Burlington County Convenience Store Burglaries

The three were charged in connection with the robberies of a Mount Laurel 7-11 and Delran Food Mart in January.

Elizabeth A. Albertson (Photo provided by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)
Elizabeth A. Albertson (Photo provided by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)
Three Cinnaminson residents have been charged in a pair of Burlington County convenience store robberies that took place last month, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi, Delran Police Chief Alfonso Parente, Jr., Florence Police Chief Alvin Scully and Mount Laurel Police Chief Dennis Cribben announced Monday afternoon.

Two of the three were also charged in connection with a plot to commit a third robbery.

Elizabeth A. Albertson, 28, Charles Richards, 28, and Brian Hawthorne, 26, were all charged with armed robbery and conspiracy for the Jan. 16 robbery of a 7-11 on Route 73 in Mount Laurel.

All three were also charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon for the Jan. 26 robbery of Food Mart on Route 130 in Delran.

Hawthorne and Richards were lodged in Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. Bail was set for Richards at $350,000 following his first appearance on Monday. Albertson was placed in the Correction Work Release Center in Pemberton Township.

Florence Police arrested Hawthorne and Richards on Feb. 7 after a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Wallace Avenue and Seventh Street.

Police searched the vehicle and discovered a ski mask, a handgun and a small amount of suspected heroin.

Police determined Hawthorne and Richards were preparing to rob a liquor store in Florence when they were apprehended. They were charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Richards was also charged with certain persons not to have weapons.

A further investigation determined that Albertson, who lives with Richards on Kelso Lane, was also involved in the robberies.

“Investigators were greatly assisted in this case by an alert citizen who recognized that something was not quite right and took the time to call Florence police,” Bernardi said. “This type of help is extremely valuable to law enforcement and I encourage all members of the public to call their police departments when they suspect illegal activity is occurring.”

Agencies working together to investigate the recent string of armed robberies include the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Cinnaminson Police Department, Delran Police Department, Florence Police Department, Gloucester Township Police Department, Lindenwold Police Department, Lumberton Police Department, Magnolia Police Department, Maple Shade Police Department, Moorestown Police Department, Mount Laurel Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Palmyra Police Department, Pennsauken Police Department and Stratford Police Department.



JustALocalGuy February 10, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Guess all those people complaining about "outsiders" coming to rob us are going to be disappointed.
John Plath February 10, 2014 at 05:08 PM
I have to agree this is very concerning that locals are committing crimes. Drugs are a real problem even in the best neighborhood's. See something suspicious call police even if it is minor. This articles tip of the day.
Hugh J. Hall February 10, 2014 at 05:29 PM
These pieces of crap were arrested for dope peddling out of their home on Kelso lane and there were not in jail? huh? http://cinnaminson.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/guns-drugs-seized-in-search-of-cinnaminson-home-police
Dan Reynolds February 10, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Ah! I came here to blame the RiverLine! She looks so sorry to be arrested!
Paula February 10, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Crime and residents using drugs and drugs/crime from Riverline users is not mutually exclusive. Oh wait, that was sarcasm? My apologies.
John February 10, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Not all crime come from Camden nor the Riverline but thats what people say who do not know but like to blame....The Super Illuzzi is very old and does not know what he is doing, time flies bye and we are all going there....Enjoy it, not too many people make the money he does...
Paula February 10, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Drug use in Cinnaminson is well known and has been for quite a few years. If you need the obituary notices to see the young people who have been taken from families in our town, the obituary notices and names can be provided. There are those who are still in addiction and those, thankfully, recovering (although usually not here; recovery doesn't work with old "friends" and old locations). Unless you have a family member in addiction or recovering, you would not realize how rampant it is here and in neighboring towns. And respectfully, John, there is a connection with the Riverline. A major methadone clinic sits in Camden right next to the Riverline as do many corners in Camden where drugs are dealt daily (although Camden County police have been trying to clean some of it up). Please don't be naive in thinking our crime is directly related to our young people in addiction in our towns and those who come north (or south because Trenton is a hub too) to find ways to feed their habits. Do you know that thefts at Shop Rite and other supermarkets are items that can be sold at the bodegas for cash for drugs....and the bodegas are located in? Large bags of seafood, large containers laundry detergent....Please don't dismiss how the Riverline factors into this (and I will still agree that the Riverline serves a good purpose in mass transit for working people). I base the above on firsthand knowledge, unfortunately.
John February 10, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Wow, just like smoking, and where do they get that idea from the parents, they all must look the other way....I did not say the riverline was exempt from the crime ring, U cannot blame it all on that by itself....Its the life we lead, no one can stop it so putting your head in the sand will do nothing to help it...
Paula February 10, 2014 at 09:27 PM
John, I know you may not understand drug addiction; I know I didn't when it hit our family. No, many parents are not using drugs and setting the "example". Many (and there are exceptions of course) are hard working parents raising their families. And no, we are not looking the other way. Many of us are right there with our loved ones trying to keep them alive and back to living a normal life. Never said the Riverline was the cause of all of this but it is a part of it. You have written about losing a loved one and how hard it was when your loved one was sick. Please understand there are those of out here who are trying to keep our loved ones alive too. For some of us, it's all we do because they are our children.
David McLaughlin February 10, 2014 at 09:32 PM
I moved from Philadelphia to Cinnaminson 30 years ago because it was such a nice town back then. Is there any place left in S. Jersey that is nice today?
David McLaughlin February 10, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Female perp's picture: she looks so proud of herself. Scumbag slut.
Hugh J. Hall February 10, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Dave, you think Cinna is bad? Go back to Philly. You won't believe how bad drugs are over there. Cinna is still a nice town.
Claire Evans February 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Unfortunately drug addiction does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, genders, race etc. Does not matter if your wealthy or poor. Drugs are everywhere in nice areas like Cinnamjnskn, Moorestown , etc and in poverty stricken areas. They are everywhere and many towns are struggling with similar problems. Not every drug addict or criminal came from a bad childhood or parents who showed the example. I unfortunately know many many people who struggle that come from great hardworking families. It's a shame some people are so nieve to the situation. What needs to happen is we need to pull together as a community and figure out a way to educate our children better and help these people who are struggling. Don't get me wrong what these 3 did was completely unacceptable and their actions have consequences it's just a shame what drugs do to people.
tomas February 11, 2014 at 01:55 PM
David, Those are DMV pictures from their drivers license, not mug shots
Jenn February 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Wow. And she was available as a nanny too. http://www.indeed.com/rz/Elizabeth-Albertson/1cda9eaadd54d0c2
Ryan February 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Hugh J. Hall February 16, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Did anyone see they pics now in the paper? wow, drugs changed then completely. Those pictures were obviously a while back http://media.philly.com/images/TRIO1.jpg


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