NEWARK– Law enforcement authorities today posted a cash reward offer for information that leads to the arrest of two suspects wanted in connection with multiple armed robberies in multiple municipalities in three north Jersey counties, including Feb. 1 and April 17 robberies in Linden.
The Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for details that lead to arrests, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
Fontoura said that since Feb. 1, the two suspects are believed to have robbed eleven convenience stores, liquor stores and gas stations in Linden, Newark, Belleville, Kearny, Bloomfield, Maplewood and West Orange. A clerk was shot in the chest during an April 1 robbery at a Maplewood liquor store.
The suspects are described as two black males dressed all in black and wearing hoodies and black masks. The suspects carry large backpacks and a red messenger-style bag with a red stripe.
Fontoura said that upon entering the stores the suspects point a large silver handgun to the head of the clerk and demand cash. The clerks are then bound with ziplock ties while the registers are cleaned out. In addition to taking cash, the suspects have also stolen Newport cigarettes in each robbery.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the armed robberies are urged to call Belleville Police Det. Joe Mundy at 973-450-3351, Kearny Police Det. Sgt. John View at 862-215-5803 or Maplewood Police Det. Ray Rosonia at 973-761-7927.
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