It's never a good idea to hang out in the police department's parking lot if you have outstanding arrest warrants. Or, say, half a joint sitting on your car's dashboard.
Three people learned that lesson the hard way yesterday, when Cherry Hill, N.J., officers, checking on suspicious vehicles in their own lot on Mercer Street, found two wanted people in one car and the marijuana in another car.
Just before noon, officers checking out a suspicious car parked in the Police Administration Building's lot discovered that two of the four occupants had outstanding arrest warrants. Jamila Robinson, 20, of Sewell, N.J., was wanted in Westville, N.J., and Marquesha Simmons, 24, of Camden, was wanted in Gloucester Township, Woodbury and Camden. Simmons was taken to the Camden County Jail, while Robinson was released and given an Oct. 2 court date. Cherry Hill police did not have details on what crimes Simmons and Robinson are accused of committing.
Less than two hours later, police arrested Zachary R. Bowen, 19, of Swedesboro, N.J., on a drug possession charge after an officer approached a car parked in a remote area of the lot. Bowen told the officer he was waiting for a friend he'd taken to municipal court nearby, police said. As they talked, the officer saw a partially smoked marijuana cigarette on the dashboard and arrested Bowen, police said.