LINDEN – Police are investigating the New Year’s Eve robbery of Payless Shoe Source, where two employees were tied up as two suspects made off with approximately $200 cash.
Officers responded to the store, located in Linden Plaza on West Edgar Road, at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 after receiving a report of the robbery. Police spoke to a male customer, age 32, who told them he entered the store at about 8:25 p.m. to make a purchase and could not locate any of the employees. He then walked to the rear of the store and found two females, both age 18, bound and tied up, and called 9-1-1.
The two female employees told officers that two dark skinned males, 40-45 years old, both having moustaches and wearing sunglasses and wool caps, and speaking with a Spanish accent, came into the store about 8 p.m. One of the men pulled out a handgun and forced the women to the rear of the store where they bound their hands and feet with plastic tie-wraps. The men then demanded the code to the safe and were able to gain access. They then fled out the front door.
The employees were not injured. Police are asking anyone with information to call 1-908-474-8537 or email email@example.com.