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East Brunswick: Foiled by Facebook: Local Teen Arrested for 2 Robberies

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Facebook is nobody's best friend.

Local teen and East Brunswick High School graduate, Brian Jackson, 19, found that out this week when he was arrested for two robberies in the same day, according to police.

On March 31 at approximately 10:38 p.m., East Brunswick Police said units responded to the Colchester Plaza, on the corner of Route 18 South and Tices Lane, on the report of a stolen purse and a male suspect fleeing the scene on foot.

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The suspect was described as a short black male in his teens wearing dark clothing and last seen running behind KFC on Route 18.

Police said a check of the area for the suspect yielded no result.

During the search and subsequent investigation police learned that Jackson was "a person of interest," police said.

Detectives Dan Unkel and Alex Danese of the East Brunswick Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit were able to locate Jackson several hours later, and, during the course of a motor vehicle stop, he was placed under arrest for active warrants and hindering apprehension, police said.

Members of the Investigative Division continued to look into the theft from Colchester Plaza, police said.

Through evidence gained during further investigation, it was determined that Jackson was allegedly responsible for the theft from Colchester Plaza along with a March 11 robbery at the Speedway Gas Station on on the same date, police said.

According to police, Jackson posted Information relevant to these crimes on Facebook on March 14. 

Warrants were approved for both crimes and bail was set in the amount of $70,000 for the Speedway robbery and $10,000 for the Colchester Plaza theft, police said.  

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