The Avalon Police Department recently made a donation of more than $3300 worth of household merchandise that was recovered during a police investigation during April, 2010. The items were donated to Habitat for Humanity, Cape May County, per the request of Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.
“We appreciate the opportunity to help this great organization that provides homes for people in Cape May County who truly need it”, Pagliughi said. “Thanks to the hard work and diligence of the Avalon Police Department and the generosity of the vendors involved we are able to make a home more comfortable for a local family”.
The household items that were donated include a velour sofa, a six-drawer dresser, three night stands, a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and a waterbed frame and mattress. The items came from two vendors, Overstock.com and The Waterbed Doctor.
On April 27th, 2010 Avalon Police arrested a 39 year old Sea Isle City man on charges that he swindled more than $45,000 worth of merchandise through the unauthorized use of a credit card that belonged to an elderly Avalon resident. The suspect purchased the household items along with a holiday vacation, veterinary care, automobile insurance, and other items. Avalon Police contacted all of the vendors, and both Overstock.com and The Waterbed Doctor encouraged the Borough to donate the items to a worthwhile charitable organization.