Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a civilian employed by the Camden County Police Department – Metro Division has been charged in connection with a robbery in Camden.
Richard Dayton, M/45, of Haddon Township, was charged with 2nd degree Robbery and Official Misconduct today. He was being held Wednesday on $50,000 bail.
It is alleged that Dayton used a police badge and radio to pose as a police officer and stop a pedestrian at 9th and Ferry Avenue at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. Dayton is accused of showing the pedestrian the badge and taking money from the man. He then fled the area in a pickup truck which has been identified as a Camden County Police Department vehicle.
Dayton is a civilian employee of the police department responsible for the department’s fleet management. His position as fleet manager allowed him access to police vehicles. He is not a sworn law enforcement officer. He retired on a disability pension as a Camden City Police Officer in 2005.
“We hold every employee, including our civilians, to the highest standards of integrity,” Chief Thomson said. “Behavior that undermines the public’s trust has no place in policing and is not tolerated in our department.”
Law enforcement became aware of the robbery when the victim reported it to police Tuesday. During the investigation into the victim’s report, Camden County Police Department officers retrieved video that corroborated the victim’s account and identified Dayton as the suspect.
Dayton has been suspended without pay from his job with the intent to dismiss pending the resolution of these accusations. While Dayton is charged only with the Tuesday robbery at this time, law enforcement has received information indicating he may be responsible for similar incidents within the past week. Detectives from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Camden County Police Department are conducting an ongoing investigation into Dayton’s activities.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.