Pair is accused of breaking into N.J. auto repair business, settting it on fire | NJ.com
Two Bellmawr men broke into a township auto shop, set fire to it to cover-up their act and then dialed 9-1-1 to summon firefighters, police said.
Mark Trigg, 20, of Beechwood Place and Cameron Semple, 21, of East Maple Avenue sat across the street from Performance Motors Automotive Shop and watched the fire being extinguished, police said.
Trigg and Semple are each charged with arson, burglary, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy. Both have been committed to the Camden County Jail, Camden, each in lieu of $75,000 cash bail. A third individual, Brendon Semple, 23, of East Maple Avenue, Bellmawr, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. He was released after being issued a criminal summons.
Trigg and Cameron Semple are accused of breaking into Performance Motors at 1106 North Black Horse Pike about 4 a.m. April 16.
Police said Brendon Semple drove the two down the Black Horse Pike to locate vending machines to break into. Trigg had a key to the locks of certain vending machines, police said.
They stopped at Performance Motorist after spotting the “glow” of a vending machine inside the business. Trigg and Cameron Semple removed a window air conditioner and climbed inside.
The vending key that Trigg had did not fit the vending machine, police said.
While searching the office area, they opened a door sounding an alarm. Both left and went to a nearby Wawa and “attempted to wash their hands of any evidence,” police said.
They returned to Performance. Trigg attempted to “wipe clean any fingerprints left behind” while Cameron Semple stood “watch” outside, police said.
Trigg, “fearing he did not clear their fingerprints,” lit a pack of matches and set fire to the building.
Trigg called 9-1-1 and reported the fire under a false name.
The suspects “sat across the street and watched the firefighting operations,” police said. “The suspects stated they had hoped that the fireman’s hoses would wash away their fingerprints and any other evidence.”
It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the fire.
The phone call to the 9-1-1 dispatch center to report the fire was recorded. An arson investigator for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office called the number from the phone used to call 9-1-1.
Trigg answered and provided his name, police said. Trigg denied reporting the fire.
Trigg, upon questioning by detectives from the Gloucester Township and Bellmawr departments, later said he was driving past the repair shop and “observed smoke coming from the building” and called 9-1-1.