Shoplifting Suspects Allegedly Assault Store Clerks in Englewood, NJ
Englewood NJ police are searching for suspects in two violent attacks on local store clerks.
Both assaults occurred after minor shoplifting incidents got out of hand.
The first attack happened at a Mobil gas station located on Route 4 eastbound in Englewood, New Jersey. Two cars pulled up to the gas station. According to police, the cars were filled with people who had just come from a late-night party.
Four males got out of the vehicles and entered the service station’s shop. The men then allegedly began to steal items such as candy, cigarettes, and lighters.
When the suspects spotted the store manager writing down the vehicle license plate numbers, they allegedly attacked him. He suffered several cuts and bruises as a result of the assault.
Police believe that the suspects are probably from the Bronx in New York.
The second incident occurred at the 7-Eleven located on Tenafly Road. The store clerk reportedly witnessed several individuals shoplift a number of items and quickly leave the store.
Remarkably, one of the shoplifters reportedly came back to the store approximately one hour later. The clerk confronted the suspect about the alleged thefts, prompting a violent response. According to police, the suspect beat the clerk. Additionally, other individuals in the parking lot reportedly joined the attack.
Although the clerk suffered head injuries as a result of the beating, he declined medical treatment at the scene.
At this time, police believe that the two attacks were unrelated. Police said that the attackers in the second incident are likely from Englewood.
The Englewood Police Department is actively investigating both alleged assaults. Police recently released images of the suspects taken by store security cameras.
If the suspects are eventually identified and apprehended, they would likely face charges for aggravated assault, shoplifting, and theft of movable property.
The Englewood Police Department has asked that anyone with information on the suspects or the alleged assaults please call the department’s confidential tip line at 201-568-4875.
To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Englewood Store Clerks Beaten in Separate Attacks, Police Say.”