Man robbed be­hind Wawa

Po­lice seek sus­pect in crime at Ogle­town Road store

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMILTON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

An uniden­ti­fied man re­mains on the loose af­ter forcibly steal­ing money from a per­son be­hind a con­ve­nience store in Ne­wark ear­lier this month, po­lice re­ported.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 be­hind the Wawa at 601 Ogle­town Road, where the vic­tim, whom in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­scribed only as a 48-yearold man, was stand­ing next to his ve­hi­cle when the rob­ber ap­proached him from be­hind and grabbed him, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Fred Nelson, a Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman.

“Dur­ing the strug­gle, the sus­pect was able to re­move an undis­closed amount of cash from the vic­tim’s pocket,” Nelson said.

Af­ter steal­ing the money, Nelson added, the sus­pect ran away and was last seen head­ing to­ward the Col­lege Square Shop­ping Cen­ter.

A surveillance cam­era video­taped the rob­ber right be­fore or right af­ter the in­ci­dent, and on Tues­day, NPD re­leased a photo gleaned from that footage, in hopes of iden­ti­fy­ing him, po­lice re­ported.

“Af­ter in­ves­tiga­tive leads have failed to iden­tify the sus­pect, the po­lice de­part­ment is ask­ing the pub­lic to as­sist in his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion,” Nelson ex­plained.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as a white man, be­tween 18 and 24 years old, with brown eyes, brown hair, a thin mus­tache and light fa­cial acne, po­lice said. He was last seen wear­ing a cam­ou­flage hooded jacket and blue jeans, po­lice added.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that might help in this rob­bery in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to con­tact NPD Det. Taras Gerasi­mov, lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, at 302-366-7100, ext. 3474, or at TGerasi­mov@ne­wark.de.us

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NE­WARK PO­LICE DE­PART­MENT

This surveillance photo shows a man who robbed an­other man be­hind the Wawa at 601 Ogle­town Road on Sept. 1. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not been able to iden­tify the on-the-loose rob­ber, and they are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help.

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