Paterson New Jersey police are looking for three men who allegedly robbed a local cellphone store.
The theft took place on December 18, 2015. According to authorities, the three male suspects entered the Boost mobile store on Market Street in Paterson NJ, near the Paterson train station, and stole almost $600 in cash.
One of the suspects was allegedly holding a handgun while the other suspects ordered store workers to hand over cash from the store register.
After getting money from the employees, the suspects exited the store and ran away. According to witnesses, the suspects headed in the direction of Park Avenue and 16th Avenue.
The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit are conducting a joint investigation the robbery. Even nearly two months later, Paterson investigators have not yet identified any of the suspects because the suspects covered their faces during the theft.
In the hopes of spurring the investigation, Paterson police recently released a video of the suspects committing the robbery.
If the suspects are eventually identified and arrested, they would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Anyone with information about the cell phone store robbery or the suspects should call Paterson NJ investigators at 973-321-1120 or 973-523-TIPS.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “WATCH: Phone Store Robbed at Gunpoint in Paterson.”