SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Flemington man was arrested Tuesday in connection with thefts an attempted thefts at multiple Bridgewater gas stations, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Karl M. Bavos, 29, was charged with third degree theft by unlawful taking and third degree criminal attempt in connection with two thefts, and one attempted, in Bound Brook and Bridgewater.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, at about 9:04 p.m. Jan. 23, Bound Brook Police responded to the BP Service Station, on West Union Avenue in Bound Brook, for a report of a theft.
Robertson said an attendant reported that a man walked into the gas attendant's booth and requested to purchase a cigar. During the transaction, Robertson said, the unknown white male reached into the cash register and removed an undisclosed amount of money, then left the booth and entered a dark colored vehicle.
According to Robertson, the victim obtained a partial place of the suspect vehicle.
Then, at about 11:43 p.m. Jan. 23, Bridgewater Township Police responded to a report of a theft at the Valero Service Station, on Route 22 East in Bridgewater, Robertson said.
The attendant, Robertson said, reported that a dark colored vehicle pulled up to one of the gas pumps and requested to purchase fuel and cigarettes. As the attendant walked back to the booth for the cigarettes, the driver of the vehicle exited and began to follow him.
While the attendant was retrieving the cigarettes, Robertson said, the suspect reached into the victim's pocket and removed an undisclosed amount of cash, then ran back to his vehicle and left the area.
On Jan. 24, at about 8:17 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to the Speedway Service Station, on Route 22 West in Bridgewater, for a report of an attempted theft, Robertson said.
According to Robertson, a station attendant reported that a motorist pulled into the station and asked for change. When the attendant took money from his pocket, the driver attempted to grab the money, but he was unsuccessful and he fled the parking lot in his vehicle, Robertson said.
Robertson said that incident was captured on the service station's video camera, and detectives were able to confirm the identity of Bavos.
At about 11:15 a.m. Jan. 24, a Bound Brook Patrol Officer saw Bavos and the suspect vehicle parked on Fisher Avenue. Bavos was taken into custody without incident.
Bavos was lodged in the Somerset County Jail without bail, pending a detention hearing.