NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Police Department reports that a 26-year old township resident was arrested and charged in connection with the New Year's Day robbery at the Dollar Tree store on Franklin Ave. 

Police officers responded to the business shortly after 3 p.m. after receiving a call about a man shoving a woman and taking her purse before fleeing the scene. 

Police were able to identify  26 y/o Stephen Nemec of Nutley as the suspect responsible for the robbery. He was found in Nutley a short time later, arrested, and charged. Nemec was found to have an active warrant out of Clifton for $2,500. He was transported to Essex County Jail pending arraignment.

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The Nutley Dollar Tree opened in the Fall of 2019. The Franklin Ave. site, near the Belleville border, was once a Grand Union supermarket, It also was home to H. Salt Seafood Galley, before becoming Burger King. Burger King eventually moved to a stand-alone structure within the same parking lot. Rite Aid occupied the entire space for years afterward. Memorial Day 2019 weekend the final sales were rung at Rite Aid.

Dollar Tree, where everything from household items, snacks, craft supplies, and more is just $1.00, seems to be popular based on the almost always full parking lot.


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