JOHN McCLOSKEY was born about 1917 to Owen and Bertha McCloskey. He apparently had a very troubled childhood, and had been arrested several times as a juvenile. He grew up in East Camden, in the neighborhood bounded by Federal, State, Howell, and North 27th Streets. On January 17, 1935 he was one of seven sentenced by Judge Frank F. Neutze to the Annadale State Reformatory for a string of gas station robberies.
John McCloskey was out on parole in the summer of 1936 when he was implicated in the August 4th robbery of a Gulf gasoline station at 16th Street and the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. Arrested at the home of Henry Allhiser, 4122 Federal Street in Camden, he was taken to Camden County jail on August 9, 1936. John McCloskey suffered a heart attack in his cell. John McCloskey was taken to Cooper Hospital at 6:40 PM where he died the following morning.
John McCloskey was survived by an aunt, Miss Elsie Murphy, and a brother, James McCloskey.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 19, 1933|
BOYS ON ROOF ACCUSED OF PLOT TO ROB STORE
Two 15-year-old boys were arrested last night on charges of breaking and entering and attempted larceny.
The boys, Fred Powell, of 1025 Carpenter Street, and John McCloskey, of 33 North Twenty-fifth street, were arrested by Policeman Everett Joslin and John Taylor on the roof of a shanty in the abandoned Humphrey Lumber yard, Point and Pearl Street, which is occupied by William L. Rice, of 206 York Street, as an ice cream and candy store. The boys had broken off a section of the roof and were about to enter the store, the police said. They will be arraigned today. .
|Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933|
LARCENY TRY CHARGED TO 2 PAROLED BOYS
Two 15-year-old boys on parole from the Camden County Detention Home were held by the police yesterday pending action by Mrs. Grace A. Riggins, superintendent of the home.
They are Fred Powell, 1025 Carpenter Street, and John McCloskey, 33 North Twenty-fifth street, who were arrested on charge of breaking and entering and attempted larceny by Patrolmen Everett Joslin and John Taylor Sunday. The policemen said the boys broke off a section of the roof of a store operated by William L. Rice at Point and Pearl Streets and were about to enter when arrested.
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