September 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Two people were robbed in the same general area recently.
A South Orange resident told police that he was held up a gunpoint while walking through the transit parking lot near Church Street shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday. He said that the suspect, a younger-looking black male, brandished a silver revolver and demanded his wallet before fleeing toward Third Street in a black Jeep Cherokee.
The victim was able to obtain a partial license plate, and a police investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen from Newark. Police found the vehicle abandoned and disabled in Newark on Tuesday.
A Maplewood resident reported to police that he was assaulted and had his cell phone stolen while sitting on a Sloan Street bench at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Monday. The suspect, a black male in his late teens, then fled toward Vose Avenue. Police searched the surrounding area with no results.
In other police news:
A Ravine Drive home was burglarized in the late evening hours last Sunday. The victim stated that someone entered through the house through an unlocked back door and stole a camera, cash, a purse and a set of car keys.
Someone burglarized a South Center Street home late Thursday night. The homeowner told police that the suspect entered the house through an unlocked rear door and stole several laptops and an iPad.
A Prospect Street resident told police that a black male stole a bike from his garage last Sunday afternoon. Police searched the area and found the bike a few houses down, but could not locate the suspect.
A New York resident told police that someone broke into his vehicle, which was parked across from Rite Aid, sometime Monday or Tuesday. No items were stolen, but the driver’s side door was damaged.
- An Academy Street resident told police that four young black males stole his cell phone while he was sitting on a bench in Spiotta Park Sunday evening. The suspects fled north on Cameron Field Drive.
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