Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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S.J. trio charged in spree of 9 gunpoint robberies

Investigators believe they used the proceeds to buy heroin in Camden.

Bryan C. Hawthorne, Elizabeth A. Albertson and Charles W. Richards.
Bryan C. Hawthorne, Elizabeth A. Albertson and Charles W. Richards.

The South Jersey trio arrested last week for a string of gunpoint liquor store robberies were charged today in the holdups of several additional businesses.

The total number of stickups they’re believed to have committed now stands at nine, authorities said. More charges may be pending.

According to the investigators, the Cinnaminson trio frequently used the proceeds to buy heroin in Camden.

Elizabeth A. Albertson, 28, Charles Richards, 28, and Brian Hawthorne, 26, were charged by Mount Laurel police today with two robberies along Route 73 South: the Jan. 14 holdup of a Sunoco gas station and the Jan. 21 holdup of a Country Farms convenience store. Police said Albertson served as the getaway driver after Hawthorn and Richards completed the stickups. 

Albertson and Richards were also charged with the Feb. 6 armed robbery of the Good Spirits Liquor Store on West Main Street in Mount Laurel.

All three are suspected in the Feb. 2 stickup of Wine Nova in Stratford and the Feb. 4 stickups of Pike Liquors in Lindenwold and Richard’s Liquors in Gloucester Township. Albertson and Richards are also charged in the Jan. 31 robbery of Liquor Mill in Magnolia.

Police cut short the spree before Albertson and Richards could complete plans to rob another liquor store on Feb. 7, authorities said. 

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