ROXBURY, NJ – A gas station attendant in Kenvil was robbed today by a man who pulled a gun and put a knife to his throat before stealing his wallet and more than $800 from the business.
A description of robber is similar to the one given of a man who robbed the nearby Lukoil gas station last month.
Today’s incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. at the Delta station at the corner of Kenvil Avenue and Route 46, said Roxbury police. The perpetrator was described as about 5-feet, 3-inches tall and of Hispanic descent. He was in black clothing, was wearing a hat and carrying a backpack.
Working the gas pumps at the time of the incident was Parsippany resident Hardeep Singh, a native of India who speaks very little English. His cousin, Sam Singh, who manages the station, said the robber approached the station on foot from Kenvil Avenue.
“He showed him a gun and put a knife to his throat,” said Sam Singh. “He walked right into the stand here and first he showed his gun."
The robber forced Hardeep Singh to remove cash from the register inside the building. But the $837 he pocketed from that wasn’t enough; The robber then reached into Singh’s pocket and took the man’s wallet. “He had everything inside,” said the victim’s cousin. "His driver’s license and his money.”
Hardeep Singh, 60, was carrying about $200 in the wallet, said Sam Singh, who said he’s managed the station for 12 years and was never robbed.
Scott Gannon, who owns Pro Automotive at the site, said he was busy with a car and had no idea the robbery was taking place. “I was actually in here working,” said Gannon. “I didn’t see or hear anything. He came in, demanded money and took his wallet. It’s crazy."
Although Gannon said he believed the robber was seen getting into a car on nearby Third Street, this could not be confirmed. As he spoke, law enforcement officers, including some from the Morris County Sheriff’s Department, were trying to determine if the store’s video cameras caught any images.
Not only does the robber’s description match that of the person who robbed the Lukoil station on May 20, but the method of the crime – except for the brandishing of the knife – was identical. In that incident, the robber walked away with about $1,300.