WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police acted quickly on Tuesday morning to apprehend a suspect after a robbery at the TD Bank located at 425 Pleasant Valley Way.
According to police, a security company reported several panic alarms from the bank to the West Orange Police Department (WOPD), and responding units were advised that a robbery had just occurred that coincided with accounts from witnesses who said they saw a suspect fleeing from the bank on foot. .
After police secured the bank premises and conducted a search of the immediate area, a driver from a local transportation company called the WOPD and said he had just picked up a male from that area who was attempting to conceal himself from police vehicles.
According to police, the driver, who said he dropped the person off at the Avenue Hotel at 555 Northfield Avenue, described an individual who matched the descriptions provided by witnesses and gleaned from surveillance footage. Police units then converged on the hotel located the suspect, who was positively identified by several witnesses and taken into police custody.
West Orange police found proceeds from the bank and other evidence in the suspect's possession. A criminal Investigation is under way.
The bank robbery comes after West Orange police dealt with several theft and shoplifting cases over the past month.
Earlier this month, a package containing an Apple AirPods 2 was reported stolen from an address that police did not disclose. According to the police report, the victim paid a total of $351.83 for the product (valued at $289.99) plus a protection plan.
Another resident fell victim to theft in late February after he purchased Canon RFD 85mm camera lens online. According to the police report, the victim opened the Amazon delivery to discover that the Canon lens box inside was filled with clear plastic bags, indicating that the lens was missing.
Also in February, two individuals were arrested in West Orange on separate incidents of shoplifting.
Cecil Thomas, 28, of Irvington was arrested and charged with shoplifting $179 worth of merchandise from the CVS Pharmacy on Main Street in the Llewellyn Park section of the township, according to police.
During a search for weapons, the responding officer felt a cylinder-shaped object in the suspect's front left pocket that he recognized as a "glass pipe" commonly used to ingest narcotics. The item was removed and confirmed to be a "glass pipe" with possible CDS crack residue on it, police said.
Barsin Sadighi, 62, of Mahwah was also arrested on shoplifting charges after consumable goods and household items valued at $129.52 were found in her possession. According to police, Sadighi was suspected of shoplifting after she walked out of the doors of Whole Foods Market without paying.