CRANFORD - Three men have been arrested in connection to the December 15 armed robbery of the Cranford QuickChek, located at 370 North Ave East.

According to a release from the Union County Prosecutor's office, in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 16, personnel from the Major Crimes Division, Union County SWAT, and the Cranford and Linden Police Departments coordinated to execute search warrants on several locations throughout the county and uncovered evidence related to the December 15, 2019 armed robbery of the newly-opened Cranford QuickChek.

Among the evidence recovered was a handgun matching the weapon used during the robbery. As a result, Wiggins J. Cadet, 22, of Elizabeth, Zyquan S. McCray, 21, of Linden, and Khalil H. Brown, 20, of Roselle, have been arrested and charged with first-degree armed robbery and weapons offenses.

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The Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under new leadership since the July 18, 2019 swearing in of acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, created the Major Crimes Division with the goal of fostering a more collaborative approach to investigating crime and keeping Union County residents safe. The Major Crimes Division encompasses the newly-formed Intelligence Driven Prosecution Unit and Opioid Task Force, as well as the Cyber Crime Task Force, and the newly-expanded Counter-Terrorism Unit. 

In praising the work of the brave officers from the Cranford and Linden Police Departments, the Union County SWAT Team, and that of her own investigative staff, Ruotolo said, “These are the precise results I envisioned and hoped for when our Office launched the Major Crimes Division, these new units, and the liaison program. I am deeply appreciative of the work and leadership of my staff and my fellow law enforcement executives here in Union County, who despite years of transition in the Prosecutor’s Office, have embraced the collaborative and modern approach this new model establishes. The byproduct is better teamwork, more impactful investigations, and a safer community for the people we are all sworn to serve and protect.”