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Hunan Wok Employees Thwart Thief

Maplewood Police Department

Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 4:44pm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following items were reported by the Maplewood Police Department:

December 11, Theft; During the overnight hours a vehicle parked in the driveway of an Orchard Road residence had its muffler removed.

December 13, Theft; During the previous few days, license plates were removed and stolen from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Van Ness Terrace residence.

December 14, Robbery Attempt; At approximately 11 p.m., a male with his face covered entered the Hunan Wok on Springfield Avenue. He displayed a handgun and demanded that the staff place the money inside of a backpack.  He was then confronted by the kitchen staff that were armed with knives and fled the scene without any proceeds.  The police department was contacted and responded.  Officers were able to track the males path back to a home on Colgate Road.  Following an investigation on scene a juvenile was taken into custody for the robbery.  A search warrant was executed and a black BB gun was recovered along with the clothing worn by the juvenile during the robbery.  He was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  Following processing he was transported to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center.

December 15; Robbery, A resident of Elmwood Avenue reported that at approximately 7 p.m. the previous day he was outside his home and was approached by two males.  The males allegedly demanded money and displayed a handgun.  The two males then struck him once and fled into Irvington without any proceeds.  The resident was not seriously injured and refused medical attention.

All incidents are currently under investigation by the Detective Bureau.  Residents are asked to practice good crime prevention techniques and secure their homes, garages and automobiles when left unattended.

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