The Courier Post reported on a local theft ring back in December. It seems a group of local citizens stole farm equipment worth close to half a million dollars.
Investigators from the Woodstown barracks recovered about $450,000 worth of farm equipment stolen since 2002 in Gloucester and Salem counties, said Detective Brian Polite, a state police spokesman. Those items include tractors, forklifts, loaders and tools, he said.
One of the conspirators has a familiar name.
…and James Edwards, 72, of Pilesgrove, are each charged with fencing, hindering and tampering with evidence.
On January 8, 2010, The News of Cumberland County had more to add to this story, arresting more conspirators and bringing the tally up to a million dollars of recovered property.
New Jersey State Police have uncovered another theft ring of heavy-duty construction and farming equipment in Salem County said to total $280,000, bringing the total amount recovered now to approximately $1 million worth of equipment.
Arrested in the first theft ring were Michael T. Harkins, 45, of Franklinville; Jeramin M. Holbert, 30, of Newfield; Kenneth R. Costill, 61, of Pilesgrove; and James Edwards, 72, of Pilesgrove.
Is this the same James “Big Jim” Edwards of Edwards and Son (Todd) Funeral Home? Why did the newspaper choose to print photos of only a few of those arrested?
I am not saying that there is any relation between James Edwards and James Edwards, I am just merely pointing out the similarity of their names. However, maybe some of our faithful readers can fill in the blanks?