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Borough Man Charged With Multiple Offenses in Bellmawr Laundromat Robbery

John H. Best, V, of Bellmawr was charged with various following offenses in connection with an armed robbery at a borough laundromat.

John H. Best, V, 45, of Bellmawr has been charged with various following offenses in connection with an armed robbery that had taken place at a borough laundromat.

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On October 19, 2017 at approximately 2:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to 831 W. Browning Road for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival it was learned that an employee at the laundromat had suffered wounds inflicted by a sharp instrument and that the suspect had fled the store carrying the cash register.

The victim was tended to by EMS and transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. He was reportedly up, speaking, and cordial while being interviewed by detectives.

Responding officers immediately established a perimeter and local schools were told to shelter in place.

Over the course of the next several hours, and with the help of officers from numerous agencies, a comprehensive search was conducted and strong leads and evidence were recovered.

On the morning of October 20, 2017, the suspect was arrested in Camden City by officers from the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, Special Investigation Unit.

Best was charged with:

  • Robbery with bodily injury — a first degree crime
  • Aggravated Assault with serious bodily injury — a second degree crime
  • Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose — a third degree crime
  • Unlawful Possession of a weapon — a fourth degree crime

(Media Release)

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

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