ROXBURY, NJ – A man who claimed he had a gun walked out of the Home Depot in Succasunna this morning with a “cart full of powertools,” said police.

The robbery took place at 7:10 a.m., according to Roxbury Police spokesperson Jennifer Dillard, who said the investigation is ongoing.

“A Home Depot employee witnessed a male attempting to shoplift a cart full of powertools,” Dillard said. “When the suspect was approached, the male had his hand in his pocket and stated he had a gun, at which point the employee stepped away from the suspect.”

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Dillard said the employee did not see a weapon.

The robber was described as being black or Hispanic and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. He left the scene in a late-model silver Jeep Cherokee, Dillard said.

Local resident James Pelusio said he was at the store shortly after the incident. “There were a bunch of police cars out there,” Pelusio said. “It looked like the police might have been doing fingerprints, taking photos and gathering information.”

Pelusio said he knows many of the store staff, including a cashier who expressed relief the situation didn’t turn violent.

“She said it was like God was watching over her,” Pelusio said. “She kept saying, ‘I’m OK. I’m blessed.'”

Store manager Caitlin Oakley said she was not permitted to discuss the matter. She referred questions to the Home Depot public relations department, which said all information had to come from police.

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