By Karen Zautyk
Police are hunting two suspects in the armed robbery of two local service stations last week and think the men may be linked to a series of Essex County holdups, including one in Bloomfield just days before.
The first Nutley crime occurred at 10:24 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, at the Raceway Station on Washington Ave. between Park Ave. and E. Centre St.
Police said a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Dodge Stratus, pulled up to the pumps and the driver requested $5 worth of gas. Meanwhile, a passenger exited the car and placed a gun in the ribs of a station worker, demanding cash and his cell phone.
Witnesses described the gunman as a black male, 40-45 years of age, approximately 5-foot-10, with a heavy build. He was dressed in a black shirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.
On Friday, at 5:37 p.m., a US Gas station at Kingsland St. and Passaic Ave. was hit by bandits fitting the same description.