UNION COUNTY – State Police troopers working with the Hillside Township Police Department last week arrested an Elizabeth man suspected in multiple armed robberies throughout New Jersey.
David Buckman III, 45 was arrested at his Elizabeth residence on Wednesday, Nov. 6. He was charged with robbing two gas stations off of the Garden State Parkway and a Hillside convenience store. Investigators also linked him to seven additional armed robberies throughout New Jersey, including one as far south as Tabernacle Township in Burlington County.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, detectives from the State Police Troop “D” Criminal Investigation Office responded to report of an armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station located on the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge. The gas station attendant told investigators that a man in a black sedan drove up to the station and requested $20 in gasoline. When the attendant turned around to pump the gas, a man emerged from the back seat of the car with a handgun. The man pointed the gun at the attendant and demanded money. The attendant gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. The driver and the backseat suspect quickly fled the scene.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, State Police detectives responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Sunoco Gas Station located on the Garden State Parkway in Union. The gas station attendant told investigators that a man in a black sedan pulled up to him at the gas pump. When the attendant approached the vehicle, a male exited the car and brandished a long gun and demanded money from the attendant. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
The gunman and vehicle description given by the victims is similar in both incidents. A black male, approximately 6’1” to 6’3” with a black goatee. The vehicle used in both incidents was described as a black sedan possibly a Volkswagen. Information regarding these two robberies and the suspect’s descriptions were disseminated to all surrounding police departments.
Soon after Buckman was identified as the suspect in both of those robberies, State Police detectives were contacted by the Hillside Police Department. Hillside authorities provided detectives information from an armed robbery of convenience store in their jurisdiction and investigators determined Buckman was also the main suspect in that robbery.
Buckman was charged by State Police detectives for both Garden State Parkway armed robberies. Bail was set at $100,000 and $200,000 respectively which is in addition to the $150,000 bail that was set by Hillside Township Court. Additional charges and bail are pending from other jurisdictions.
The charges are merely accusations and Buckman is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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