HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Police Division (HPD) announced the arrest of a local man in connection with multiple robberies of 7-11 convenience stores in the areas of South Broad Street and West Park Avenue.
According to Hamilton police, Officers Piromalli and Lucidi were "conducting passing attention" at approximately 3:45 a.m. on January 13 in the area because of two previous robberies at the 7-11 store located at 2200 South Broad Street in the early morning hours of January 8 and January 12. During these incidences, a man allegedly approached a store employee at the counter and indicated that he had a weapon in his jacket pocket. He then told the employee to go to the store office while he went around the counter and took money out of the register.
While on patrol in the early Wednesday morning hours, officers witnessed a male, who matched the description of the suspect entering the 7-11 store, walk toward the counter and go behind it. The officers entered the parking lot and exited their vehicles allowing them to place the suspect under arrest when he exited the store. During the investigation they located a black plastic tube in his jacket and $105 believed to have been taken from the store register.
The suspect identified as Frank Stephens, 42, Hamilton, has been charged with three counts of robbery.
Individuals with information regarding this incident should contact Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Detective Pat Quick at (609) 581-4111 or leave information on the Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.
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