NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The suspected thief of an NJ State Trooper unmarked vehicle has led authorities on a chase across Middlesex County, leaving a trail of crime in the suspect’s path.
Whoever stole the vehicle, which was taken from the North Brunswick residence of a state trooper, has since used to it commit two armed robberies, according to a statement by the New Jersey State Police.
The car was reported stolen shortly after 9:30 a.m.. on Sunday, December 17, when the trooper noticed the car missing from a driveway in North Brunswick, authorities said.
In the car were several uniforms, two weapons and other equipment. None of the weapons were used or displayed during any of the incidents, police said.
During the first incident, the suspect pulled over a truck driver at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday at the NJ Turnpike southbound lanes in South Brunswick, authorities said, stealing cash from the driver.
At 7:19 a.m., the driver filled the trooper car with gas at a station on St. George Avenue in New Brunswick and then left without paying, authorities said.
Then at 7:30 a.m., the suspect stopped a cab at the Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge, and stole cash from the driver, police said,.
The release did not include any identifying information about the suspect.
State Police are asking anyone concerned with the validity of an officer’s identification to dial 911 to report the information and seek confirmation of the officer’s credentials.
This is an ongoing investigation between the State Police and North Brunswick Police Department.