Police recently arrested a Newark man accused of committing robberies in Englewood and Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
According to law enforcement, the 37-year-old suspect started his crime spree by stealing a purse and another bag from a woman waiting at a bus stop located at the intersection of Broad Avenue and East Sheffield Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.
The victim, a woman who resides in North Bergen, later told police that the suspect walked up to her while she was seated at the bus stop. The suspect allegedly stole the victim’s personal belongings and then drove away in a car.
The suspect was captured that same night after he allegedly attempted to rob a gas station attendant at a Shell station located on Route 17 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
According to authorities, the suspect walked up to an employee at the Shell station and got physical with him. He allegedly shoved the worker and ordered him to hand over cash.
The gas station attendant fought back, prompting the suspect to leave the scene empty-handed.
The suspect was later stopped by patrol officers in East Orange NJ and arrested.
Police managed to link the suspect to the earlier purse snatching because he reportedly used one of the victim’s credit cards at a Ridgewood NJ gas station. Additionally, police said that the suspect drove the same vehicle during both thefts.
The suspect has been charged with second degree robbery and theft of movable property.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $100,000 bail amount for the gas station robbery charges. The bail amount was later increased to $175,000 after the suspect was charged in the purse snatching in Englewood.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Linked to Second Robbery, Police Say.”