Margate City Police

MARGATE – Police Chief David Wolfson hopes the arrests Wednesday, July 18 of two “serial” car burglars will slow down the number of reported incidents in the area.

Police responded to the 500-block of Jerome Avenue at 5:16 a.m. to investigate several reports of two males burglarizing vehicles parked in the area. One of the reports stated that a resident was in pursuit of the suspects.

Police requested assistance from the Ventnor City Police Department’s K-9 unit to help locate the suspects who were hiding in separate locations, according to a press release.

A resident who was in pursuit of on of the suspects was injured when assaulted by the suspect and taken to the hospital, treated and released.

“Unfortunately, the victim got bitten by one of the suspects, not the dog, the suspect,” Wolfson told commissioners at their work session Thursday, July 19.

Sgt. David Gaeckle and his K-9 partner Axel tracked and located the suspects, who were found in the bay near the Margate bridge and in possession of items from several of the vehicles.

Brian D. Cunningham, 26, of Bridgeton and Anthony P. Ivens, 25, of Ventnor were arrested and charged with burglary, conspiracy aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, theft and obstruction. They were taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing.

“Apparently they are serial car burglars who have been acting throughout the state,” Wolfson said. “We have to locate warrants from several jurisdictions.”

Anyone with additional information, is asked to call Margate Police Officer Jessica Fane at 609-822-1151.


Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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