ROXBURY, NJ – An armed man robbed the Lukoil station on Route 10 in Succasunna Wednesday and walked off with about $1,300.
Nobody was injured in the 11:09 a.m. incident, but Lukoil attendant Emilio Ribira said he was shaken-up by the matter. “He just came from nowhere,” Ribira said. “He walked up and said, ‘I’m robbing you right now.'”
The man, described as white, 5-feet 5-inches to 5-feet 7-inches tall and possibly of Hispanic descent, was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans and an orange shirt. He carried a black bag.
Ribira said the man had a handgun, but did not touch it. However, he did make it clear he would use it if necessary, said Ribira.
“The gun was in his pants,” he said. “He was going to take it out if I didn’t give him the money. He said he would shoot me. I was like, `Hey, take whatever you want.’”
The robber left on foot, said Ribira and police. A K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene, a routine procedure when crime suspects flee on foot, according to Roxbury Police Lt. Marc Palanchi.
“The schools near the area were placed on modified lockdown as an extra safety precaution as police officers searched the area for the suspect,” said Roxbury Police Spokeswoman Jen Dillard in an email. “The lockdown was lifted a short time later.”
Ravi Chagarlamuba, who owns the Lukoil station, said the robber made off with about $1,300. He said Ribira did exactly the right thing when he opened the register. “They’re trained not to do anything (to resist)," said Chagarlamuba. He said the gas station remained closed for about three hours after the robbery.