Englewood NJ police who are investigating an armed robbery of a local diner believe that it might have been an “inside job” committed by an employee of the restaurant.
The robbery occurred around 12:45 a.m. at the Jackson Hole diner, which is located at 362 Grand Avenue in Englewood, NJ.
One of the restaurant’s owners closed the diner for the night and exited the building. As the victim began to walk outside, the suspect approached him.
The suspect wore all-black clothing as he approached the victim. The suspect was later described as a Latino male who is in his 20s and stands 5-feet-7-inches tall.
According to law enforcement, the suspect had a handgun when he approached the victim and allegedly demanded that the victim give him an undisclosed amount of cash.
After the victim handed over some money, the suspect allegedly ran away and fled the area on foot.
Englewood NJ police are actively investigating the theft. The assumption right now is that the robbery might have been an “inside job” because the suspect knew when the diner closed for the night, in addition to the procedures for closing the diner and moving cash from the business.
If the suspect is eventually caught, he would be subject to severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone caught committing a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Englewood NJ police have asked the public for help with the investigation. Anyone who has useful information should contact the Englewood Police Department CrimeStoppers tip line at 844-466-6789.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Diner Robbery May Have Been ‘Inside Jon,’ Police Say.”