June 15 at 12:52 p.m.—Officers responded to the 300 block of South Stiles Street on a report of a suspicious event. The victim, female, age 89, told police that a man came to her door and told her he was from the City of Linden and he was there to survey her property for the tax office. The man was described as having an olive complexion, age late 40s, 5’9”, wearing a light-blue tee shirt and blue jeans. When the victim told the man she didn’t receive any notice, he told her the city sent her a letter. She then stated she was going to call the city to verify this, and the man said, “you don’t have to do that.” He then left the house and fled in a white van. A check with the city Tax Office showed they had no personnel visit the victim’s residence and normally would not make a house call without advance notice. Police ask anyone with information to call Det. Andrew Spano of the police department’s Criminal Investigations Unit at 908-474-8537 or email email@example.com.
June 17 at 10:30 p.m.—Police responded to the Citgo gas station, 2000 E. Edgar Rd. on a report of a robbery. The employee, age 25, stated that a male entered the station store and brandished a shotgun. The suspect demanded cash and the employee handed over approximately $300 cash. He is described as 5’8”, wearing a gray hooded-sweatshirt and had a cloth covering his face. The victim told police he also noticed two other possible accomplices standing outside the store during the robbery. All three suspects then left the area on foot towards South Park Avenue. There were no injuries and no vehicle was observed. Investigators are looking at the possibility that this robbery is related to two other gas station robberies on June 5. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. John Johnston of the Criminal Investigations Unit at 908-474-8537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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