Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Belleville Police Chief Joseph Rotonda are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects who held up the Radio Shack store in a mall on Main St. last month.
As had been reported in The Observer, the robbers — one armed with a handgun — entered the store at 404 Main at 11:24 a.m. on Dec. 21, the Sunday before Christmas, a time when the area was crowded with shoppers.
The men reportedly tied up the three Radio Shack employees, pistol-whipping one of them, and took a large number of personal electronic devices, including cell phones, tablets and headphones.
Police, responding to a 911 call, arrived as the robbers were leaving.
Authorities said the getaway car rammed a Belleville patrol car and then fled south on Rt. 21, toward Newark.
Last week, the Prosecutor’s Office released the security video images shown here.
Anyone who recognizes these suspects or who has information regarding the crime is asked to contact the prosecutor’s tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4-EC (1-877-847- 7432) or the Belleville Police Department, 973-450-3333.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
– Karen Zautyk