Newark New Jersey police have asked for help from the public as they try to find the suspects accused of committing an armed robbery at a local grocery store.
The theft incident occurred around 2:00 p.m. at a store on the 100 block of Sherman Avenue in Newark, NJ. According to Newark law enforcement, the suspects walked into the grocery store and held up store employees at gunpoint.
After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the suspects quickly exited the building and fled the scene on foot.
The Newark Police Department got a 911 call and dispatched officers to the scene of the robbery, but the suspects were already long gone by time cops got to the store.
Newark NJ police recently released video surveillance footage of the suspects committing the armed robbery. The images reportedly show at least one suspect holding a firearm during the theft incident.
At this point, Newark investigators have not caught the break they need in the investigation. They are hoping that members of the public will see the surveillance images and recognize one of the suspects.
Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose has asked that anyone who knows anything about the suspects or the robbery get in touch with authorities.
If Newark investigators can eventually determine the identities of the suspects, it is likely that the culprits would be charged with armed robbery. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who uses a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife during the commission of a theft can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Newark Police Seek Suspects in Gunpoint Store Robbery.”