Three charged in store-robbery spree in S. Jersey

Charles Richards
Charles Richards
Posted: February 16, 2014

A trio allegedly responsible for a string of convenience-store robberies in Camden and Burlington Counties have been tied to several other holdups - and accused of using the stolen money to buy drugs, authorities said Friday.

Elizabeth Albertson and Charles Richards, both 28, and Brian Hawthorne, 26, all of Cinnaminson, were charged. Police said they robbed two stores on Route 73 - a Sunoco on Jan. 14 and a Country Farms store in Maple Shade on Jan. 21.

Richards and Hawthorne are accused of robbing the stores at gunpoint, with Albertson as the getaway driver, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said.

The three have also been charged in connection with a string of robberies in Camden and Burlington Counties: A 7-Eleven store on Route 73 in Mount Laurel on Jan. 16; the Route 130 Food Mart in Delran on Jan. 26; the Wine Nova Store on North White Horse Pike in Stratford on Feb. 2; Pike Liquors on North White Horse Pike in Lindenwold on Feb. 4; and Richards Liquors on North Black Horse Pike in Gloucester Township, also on Feb. 4.

Additionally, Albertson and Richards are accused of robbing Liquor Mill on South White Horse Pike in Magnolia on Jan. 31, and Good Spirits Liquor on West Main Street in Maple Shade on Feb. 6.

Money, liquor, and cigarettes were stolen, authorities said. Police suspect that the three also bought heroin in Camden with the stolen money.

The three face multiple charges, including armed robbery and conspiracy. They were arrested Feb. 7 after Hawthorne and Richards were found in a car outside a Florence liquor store. Police found a ski mask, Airsoft gun, and gloves inside the car, and learned of Albertson's alleged involvement soon after.

Hawthorne and Richards were charged with planning to rob that liquor store.


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