Police in Burlington Township are trying to locate two men who allegedly broke into an apartment and committed an armed robbery.
The violent break-in occurred shortly before 4:30 a.m. at the Polo Ridge Apartments complex, which is located on Route 130 in Burlington, New Jersey. According to authorities, the two suspects knocked on the front door and then forced their way inside the residence when someone opened the door.
The suspects allegedly brandished handguns and used the weapons to keep the apartment residents at bay. The victims later told Burlington Township law enforcement that the suspects threatened to shoot anyone who did not obey their commands. The suspects allegedly ordered the victims to hand over cash and personal possessions, including expensive electronic devices.
Afterwards, the suspects reportedly exited the apartment and then fled the surrounding area on foot. Witnesses said that the suspects stopped running when they got to their getaway vehicle, a dark-colored SUV. (The vehicle has been described as being either a GMC Yukon or a Chevrolet Suburban.)
The victims dialed 911 and alerted the Burlington Township Police Department. Cops were dispatched to the scene, but the suspects were gone by the time police arrived at the apartment complex.
Fortunately, none of the victims were injured during the home invasion. Initial reports indicated that no one required any medical treatment.
Detectives with both the Burlington Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are actively investigating the home invasion. Investigators recently released descriptions of the robbery suspects in the hopes that members of the public may be able to provide useful information. Both men are said to be just under six-feet tall and in their early 20s.
NJSA 2C:15-1: Enhanced Penalties for Armed Robbery in New Jersey
If and when police can determine the identities of the suspects and capture them, it is probable that serious criminal charges would follow. The suspects would likely face charges for armed robbery, theft of movable property, illegal possession of a handgun, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Armed robbery carries some of the most severe penalties in the NJ Criminal Code. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or knife, or while threatening serious bodily injury can be charged with first degree armed robbery. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information, view the NJ.com article, “2 Men Sought in Armed Home Invasion Robbery.”
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