Serial bandits sought in gas station heists

Photo courtesy Nutley PD Police released this security photo of suspect (wearing jacket) in June 24 hold-up of US Gas station at Passaic Ave. and Kingsland St., Nutley.

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.


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