EAST NEWARK –
In the wake of a recent street robbery in the borough, and with more people on the street for holiday visits and shopping, East Newark Police Chief Anthony Monteiro cautioned residents to stay alert to avoid possible threats.
Last Thursday night, Monteiro said that three Newark women drove into the parking lot of the Pic- Nic Restaurant on Grant Ave., at about 8:30 p.m., and as they got out, they were approached by two men – both wearing hoodies – who, police say, had followed them into the lot in their vehicle.
Monteiro said one of the pair displayed a silver object and the other, a black object. Both objects were believed to be weapons, he said.
The men grabbed the women’s purses, returned to their car and sped away south on Grant Ave. in what was described to police as a black colored vehicle, Monteiro said.
The victims then ran inside the restaurant to tell the manager what had just happened and police were then called to the scene, Monteiro said.
Police are reviewing video collected from borough street cameras in hopes of getting more clues to help track the robbers, the chief said.
“At this time, the investigation is pending and my department is working very diligently to find justice for the victims and prevent a similar occurrence from happening in our community,” Monteiro said. “Fortunately, no one was injured; however, it does bring to our attention the importance of sharing with you what occurred and how you can keep yourself from becoming a victim.”
Monteiro offered these safety tips:
1.Be alert to your surroundings, especially when walking outdoors during the evening.
2.When possible, walk with a group of friends. Should you ever feel that your safety is at risk, call for an officer’s assistance.
3.When driving, should you notice a vehicle following you for a long period of time, call 9-1-1 or drive to the nearest police station.
4.If walking at nighttime, stay off your cell phone but keep it at hand in case you need to dial 9-1-1.
5.If possible, avoid carrying money or valuables with you.
6.Check your alleyways and always lock the doors to your home behind you.
7.Don’t leave your vehicle running and unattended.
8.Change your walking routine regularly and take well-lit areas when possible.
9.Never approach a vehicle whose occupants you don’t know.
10.Always maintain your distance from strangers asking you questions.
– Ron Leir