NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities have recovered an NJ State Trooper unmarked vehicle that was stolen early Sunday morning, police said, but not before the suspect used it in two robberies.
Whoever stole the vehicle, which was taken from the North Brunswick residence of a state trooper, has since used to it commit two armed robberies, according to a statement by the New Jersey State Police.
The car was reported stolen shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 17, when the trooper noticed the car missing from a driveway in North Brunswick, authorities said, however the vehicle had been taken several hours before.
In the car were several uniforms, two weapons and other equipment, both of which the suspect has, according to police. None of the weapons were used or displayed during any of the incidents, police said.
During the first incident, the suspect pulled over a truck driver at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday at the NJ Turnpike southbound lanes in South Brunswick, authorities said, stealing cash from the driver.
At 7:19 a.m., the driver filled the trooper car with gas at a station on St. George Avenue in New Brunswick and then left without paying, authorities said.
Then at 7:30 a.m., the suspect stopped a cab at the Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge, and stole cash from the driver, police said,.
The release did not include any identifying information about the suspect.