The suspects, a 53-year-old Newark man and a 44-year-old Elizabeth NJ man, were initially placed under arrest by Bloomfield NJ police after investigators connected them to the armed robbery of a gas station worker at the Enrite gas station on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, New Jersey. According to law enforcement, the suspects held up the gas station attendant at gunpoint and stole approximately $400 in cash.
As the suspects reportedly fled the scene in their motor vehicle, the victim got a look at their license plate number. Bloomfield police then used the license number to locate the suspects.
Shortly after being arrested and charged with armed robbery, the suspects were remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark on separate $100,000 bail amounts.
While the suspects were in police custody, Montclair New Jersey authorities investigated them for a theft incident at a gas station in Montclair, NJ. The violent theft occurred on June 11, 2016. According to authorities, the suspects attacked a gas station employee, threatened the man with a handgun, and then stole $1,000 in cash from his uniform pockets.
Now that the suspects have been charged with robberies in Bloomfield and Montclair, they could face more criminal charges stemming from similar robberies in other NJ towns, including Elizabeth, Roselle Park, and Union.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “2 Men May Be Responsible for String of Armed Gas Station Robberies, Cops Say.”