Three people – two men and one woman – were recently arrested in connection with the violent robbery of a gas station attendant in Westampton, New Jersey.
According to law enforcement, the three suspects committed the robbery late at night at the Valero gas station located on Burlington-Mount Holly Road. The suspects allegedly entered the building, approached an attendant, and demanded that he hand over money from the cash register. The victim later told police that the suspects threatened to harm him unless he gave them the money. The situation reportedly escalated from threats to violence, with at least one of the suspects allegedly attacking the victim while another suspect accessed the cash register and took approximately $200 in cash.
Afterwards, the suspects reportedly left the gas station and fled the scene on foot. Westampton police officers and Burlington City detectives investigated the Valero station robbery and were able to obtain security camera footage that reportedly showed the suspects going to, and from, a Motel 6 located near the gas station.
One of the suspects was apprehended in the area of the gas station, with law enforcement eventually identifying and capturing the other two suspects as well. The suspects include two 20-year-old men from Burlington City and a 23-year-old woman from Camden, NJ.
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The three suspects face multiple criminal charges for robbery and theft of movable property, while one of the suspects could wind up facing additional criminal charges for aggravated assault.
Moreover, detectives with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are currently looking into the possibility that the suspects also committed other crimes in the county. Authorities believe that the suspects may have been responsible for other thefts, including “several violent and serious robberies” in recent weeks.
Regardless of whether the suspects are ultimately connected to any other crimes, they are already subject to severe penalties for allegedly committing the gas station robbery in Westampton. Beyond that, since the suspects reportedly inflicted harm on the attendant and caused serious bodily injury while committing the theft, they could be subject to elevated charges and enhanced penalties.
If you have been arrested with robbery or theft in New Jersey, you should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen R. Piper now to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.