Maplewood hit with robbery spree

May 19, 2009 3:00:09 PM PDT
Police in New Jersey are investigating a rash of robberies in an upscale community. There have been four attacks in the past month in Maplewood. The latest happened last weekend.It has neighbors worried and police stepping up security.

The affluent town is full of parks, tree-lined streets, manicured lawns and quaint business strips. So when a young teen was robbed on May 6 at Garfield Place, near Hudson, it rattled some nerves.

From the site of that robbery, you can walk to Essex Avenue and South 4th Street in about five minutes. That was the location where a gunman got out of a car and snatched a woman's purse.

The robbery spree began back in April, when a 15-year-old was robbed at Tuscan Road and Rutgers Street. The latest incident happened on Sunday at a Springfield Avenue nail salon that was robbed of $250. Police don't believe it's one group behind all four crimes, because there are different descriptions of the suspects.

The street robberies all happened after 8 p.m., and this is a place you can expect to see neighbors out on after-dinner strolls.

Police are taking extra steps to try ensure safety and catch the culprits, including stepped-up patrols and undercover officers.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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