Roselle Man Found Guilty of Armed Robbery

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ROSELLE — A jury found a Roselle man guilty of two armed robberies that occurred in January 2009, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced last week.

Benjamin Capers, 37, had been accused in two separate armed robberies of neighborhood grocery stores in Elizabeth and Linden, according to Assistant Prosecutor Patricia Cronin, who prosecuted the case.

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According to the investigation, on Jan. 12, 2009 Caper entered the Makim Market on Grier Avenue in Linden. There he produced a handgun and ordered the owner of the store to empty the register, said Cronin. On Jan. 28, 2009, Capers went to the Summer Street News and Food Store in Elizabeth, where he again produced a handgun and demanded money from the owner.

The owner of the second store called 911 and was able to relay the license plate of Caper’s vehicle. Within a few minutes the car was spotted by Elizabeth police officers and a chase ensued into Essex County where Capers eventually crashed his vehicle into a barrier on a highway entrance. Capers then fled on foot, running across Route 78, but was eventually caught by officers, said Cronin.

Capers faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 12.


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