Linden New Jersey police are searching for a man who allegedly committed an armed robbery at a local store.
According to authorities, the suspect walked into the Linden Stationary store located at 638 West Street near Georgia Avenue and held up the clerk. The theft incident reportedly happened around 6:00 p.m.
The suspect reportedly walked around the store for several minutes after entering the building. He then allegedly took a handgun from his waistband and demanded that the store employee open the cash register.
After the worker opened the register, the suspect reportedly walked behind the counter and grabbed an unspecified amount of money. He then ran out of the store and fled the area on foot.
Linden police were called to the scene a short time later. The employee provided police with a detailed description of the suspect. He is said to be a male in his late teens or early 20s. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a camouflage hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
Linden NJ police recently released a surveillance camera photograph of the suspect in the process of committing the robbery.
If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a theft offense committed by someone with a deadly weapon such as a gun can be classified as a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Members of the public who have information about the robbery or the suspect should call Linden NJ detectives at 908-474-8542.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Have You Seen This Man? Police Searching for Gunman Who Robbed Linden Store.”