Three Stole $500 of Liquor on New Year's Eve, Police Say

The accused attempted to flee in a vehicle before they were stopped by police.


Three people were arrested after trying to steal more than $500 worth of alcohol from ShopRite on New Year's Eve, Cinnaminson Police said.

Around noon on Dec. 31, 2012, police were dispatched to ShopRite for a theft in progress. It was reported that several subjects attempted to leave the store with more than $500 worth of alcohol without paying. It was also reported that the subjects began fighting with store employees when confronted.

The subjects tried to leave in a vehicle just as police arrived. The vehicle was stopped and the three people were taken into custody. Two of the subjects physically resisted the police during the arrest. 

Police arrested Edward Williams, 49, of Everitt Street in Camden. He was charged with robbery, shoplifting, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $35,000 bail.

Cynthia Chestnut-Matthews, 58, of Clements Bridge Road in Runnemede was also arrested. She was charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and hindering apprehension. She was transported to a local hospital for an undisclosed injury.

The third arrested was Ronald Bynum, 54, of Clements Bridge Road in Runnemede. He was charged with shoplifting, and contempt of court. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $15,000 bail.

Mark January 03, 2013 at 11:24 AM
I guess none of these Camden County residents (of record) knew of any shopping stores or liquor stores between Runnemede and Cinnaminson or Camden and Cinnaminson. Alas, I am sure our liberal judges in Mt Holly will be sure to free them pending a court hearing, if they were not freed already prior to this story.
FbS January 03, 2013 at 11:46 AM
no doubt, Mark.. I don't understand why our Shop Rite is the target of so many liquor shoplifting crimes.
JustALocalGuy January 03, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Shop Rite seems like a "soft target" unlike a liquor store. There are multiple entrances and exits, and the register area is chaotic and busy. All of this makes it seem easier to steal from them.
Phil January 03, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I think that hits the nail on the head. You can come in and out through 3 different ways and 2 don't really require you do go through the checkout area. That whole check-out area needs to be redone/redesigned. You can barely go from aisle to aisle during busy times but that seems to be standard design for Shop Rite (see Mt. Laurel's and Delran's).
jeff January 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
maybe because its an ovelwelming sized store with an abundance amount of liquor and not tiny ma and pa style liquor store where it would be easier to be watched and caught.....that would be the theory im sure most burglers have in mind when entering our shop rite
jeff January 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
delrans design for that whole shopping center is a HUGE cluster ......!!!!
Dan Reynolds January 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Totally agreed. Go there at a busy time, and it would seem easy to "sneak" out. I think that's what they try to do.
Deborah Stevens January 03, 2013 at 05:17 PM
The escape route is close to highway.
lizabeth January 03, 2013 at 05:20 PM
i was there! did they get cought in palmyra on broad streen when the vehicle was stopped because when i left the store i saw the cinaminson cops pull over a car right on broad st palmyra. and before that at store i saw it going down i was leaving same time.
lizabeth January 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
caught. sorry my my keyboard is not so good
Bruce January 04, 2013 at 01:37 AM
It's because non of these degenerates ever read the news (or the Patch)...and are so desperate for the booze they think they can get lost in the crowd at the big grocery store...and sneak away without being seen.... dummies!
Ryan March 05, 2013 at 03:46 PM
lol, keyboards don't misspell words...people do. hehehe


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