Police in Maplewood NJ are searching for a man who committed an armed robbery at a local 7-Eleven convenience store.
The theft crime was committed just before 2:30 a.m. on Friday. According to law enforcement, the suspect was wearing a mask over his face when he entered the Irvington Avenue store and approached the cashier.
The suspect allegedly brandished a handgun and ordered the store worker to empty the cash registers and hand over the money.
After getting an undisclosed amount of cash from the 7-Eleven employee, the suspect reportedly ran out of the building, and got into a red Jeep in the parking lot.
The victim saw the suspect drive off and head toward Irvington, New Jersey.
Fortunately, no one sustained any injuries during the armed robbery.
The Maplewood Police Department is actively investigating the theft incident and trying to determine the identity of the suspect. If authorities can eventually identify and apprehend the suspect, it is likely that he would face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who uses a deadly weapon to commit a theft can be charged with a first degree felony and can potentially be sentenced to 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Masked Gunman Robs Maplewood Store.”