Police & Fire

Rash of Gas Station Robberies Hits Scotch Plains

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BP was robbed last week by two armed suspects who fled on foot. Credits: Google Maps
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The Lukoil station on North Ave, which endured through a large fire in April, was robbed last week by bandits. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police are looking for suspects in three armed robberies of gas stations since Sept. 11. The common factors are that there have been two suspects in all three incidents, and they were wearing masks. They appear to be males from the victim's descriptions and no further descriptors are available at this time.

SPPD has warned local gas station owners about the robberies to the BP on Route 22 West on Sept. 11, as well as the Gulf station on Route 22 East and Lukoil on North Ave., which were both hit on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17. (The unlucky Lukoil station was the same one that suffered a devastating fire on April 28.)

The gas station robberies are part of an ongoing investigation. Contact the Scotch Plains Police Department, (908) 322-7100 ext. 111 (Det./Lt. Paul Belford) with any information that you may have pertaining to these robberies.

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"If you see anything suspicious, do not attempt to come in contact with the suspects as they are considered armed and dangerous," said SPPD spokesperson Capt. Ted Conley. "Call 911 and report the incident to the police immediately."

Police in nearby Westfield are also investigating a robbery in their town.

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