Still hunting store robber: NPD

Police are continuing to search for a man who robbed a Centre St. convenience store on Feb. 22.

At 8:30 a.m., police said, a man entered the store, and, placing his hand in his jacket pocket, demanded money from the clerk, saying, “I don’t wanna hurt you.”

No weapon was produced and no one was hurt, police said.

Police declined to say how much money was taken.

The suspect was described as white, age 18 to 25, 5-foot- 3 to 5-feet-5, thin, wearing a tan jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, a dark cap with some type of symbol, a face mask, blue jeans and brown boots.

Police said they followed footprints in the snow to Union Ave. where the trail ended. Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call detectives at 973-284-4940.

Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari told The Observer that detectives are working with Bloomfield and Montclair PD, comparing robberies executed recently in those communities with scenarios similar to Nutley’s – and in one case in Bloomfield in particular where the physical description of the suspect appeared to match the Nutley suspect.

Montanari said Nutley detectives have also reviewed footage from the convenience store surveillance camera in trying to track the suspect.

The Observer Staff