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Flemington Man Arrested And Charged In String Of Gas Station Thefts

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Karl M. Bavos Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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SOMERVILLE, N.J. –Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta and Bound Brook Borough Chief of Police Michael Jannone announced the arrest of Karl M. Bavos, age 29, of U.S. Highway 202, in Flemington, New Jersey. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 23, 2017 at approximately 9:04 p.m., Bound Brook Police responded to the BP Service Station located on West Union Avenue on a report of a theft.  An attendant at the station reported that a male walked into the gas attendant’s booth and requested to purchase a cigar.  While the transaction was occurring, the unknown white male reached into the cash register and removed an undisclosed amount of currency.  The suspect then left the booth and entered a dark colored vehicle. The victim obtained a partial plate of the suspect vehicle which he gave to the responding officers.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 23, 2017, at approximately 11:43 p.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a report of a theft at the Valero Service Station located on Route 22 East.  The victim, an attendant, reported that a dark colored vehicle had pulled up to one of the gas pumps and requested to purchase fuel and cigarettes.  The victim further stated that as he walked back to the attendant’s booth to retrieve the cigarettes, the driver of the vehicle exited his vehicle and began to follow him.  The victim further stated that while he was retrieving the cigarettes the suspect reached into the victim’s pocket and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then ran back to his vehicle and left the area.

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Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 24, 2017 at approximately 8:17 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to the Speedway Service Station located on Route 22 West on a report of an attempted theft.  A station attendant stated that a motorist had pulled into the station and asked him for change. When the attendant retrieved currency from his pocket the driver attempted to grab the money. The driver was unsuccessful in taking the currency and he fled the parking lot in his vehicle.  The incident was captured on the service station’s video camera. After viewing footage from the surveillance system, detectives were able to confirm the identity of the suspect as Karl M. Bavos. 

On January 24, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m., a Bound Brook Patrol Officer observed defendant Bavos and the suspect vehicle, a blue Volvo that was parked on Fisher Avenue.  Defendant Bavos into custody without incident. 

Defendant Bavos was charged with 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking and 3rd Degree, Criminal Attempt.  

He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail without bail pending a detention hearing.  

NOTE:  

We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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