PATERSON, NJ – Paterson police on Friday released photos and surveillance video of two men they say they suspect in a string of liquor store and grocery robberies during the past month, including at least since the start of 2013.
Authorities said the suspects – both of whom carry handguns - seem to be focusing on businesses owned by Latinos and the heists have occurred between 9:30 pm and 12:15 am. So far, the suspects have not fired their weapons in any of the incidents. They have been targeting the money in the stores’ cash registers.
The most recent of the crimes happened on Thursday night.
Here are details on six of the robberies:
- Jan. 10, 9:17 pm, Maria's Grocery at 865 Main Street
- Jan. 10, 9:40 pm, Liquor Gallery at 459 McBride Avenue
- Jan. 5, 10:12 pm, Economy Liquors at 186 5th Avenue
- Jan. 2, 12:15 am, Montclair Deli at 62 Montclair Avenue
- Jan. 1, 11:50 pm, El Eden Liquor at 249 Straight Street
- Jan. 1, 11:45 pm, the Seven-11 store at 202 Ryerson Avenue
Other businesses targeted were at 296 Preakness Avenue, 506 Union Avenue and I99 Sheridan Avenue.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Detectives Jimmy Maldonado or Ricky Vasquez at the Major Crimes Unit at 973-321-1120.