Gas Station Robberies Plaguing Elizabeth - My9 New Jersey

Gas Station Robberies Plaguing Elizabeth

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Elizabeth, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - Two gas station attendants in Elizabeth, New Jersey were robbed early Tuesday morning. The first robbery happened at the Delta station on Route 1 & 9 and Spring Street. Raj Chauhan, the station manager at the Delta, explained the incident.

“They come and they hold up guys and they took the money and that’s all,” he said.

A security video that captured the robbery showed that the robbers’ method was to approach from separate directions, attack the attendant, take his cash, and split. No weapons were used, but the attack was physical. Chauhan suffered a knee injury and lost more than $200 dollars.

Chauhan said that he has managed the Delta station for ten years, and had been robbed a couple of times before. However, now that this has happened three or four times in the last two months, it is becoming a pressing problem for him and the business.

According to police, the Delta station was hit at 2:41am. 19 minutes later, the same robbers struck another gas station, the BP on Bayway, just two miles south. Lorenzo was the second attendant who was attacked while pumping gas at the BP location. He explained that his attack was similar to the first one.

“I take a sip of my coffee, and somebody came from behind me and just put me in a choke-hold,” Lorenzo recalled.

His injuries include a swollen knot on the back of his head and he has no doubt that the two attacks are connected.

“Of course! There’s too much of a coincidence for it not to be. While the attention’s over there, they’re going to go take care of another one. That’s all it is, it’s been going on for awhile,” he stated.

Gas station attendants are a popular target, with a common danger of being robbed because they carry cash. These attendants face a high risk and low reward scenario, and are now frightened during their shirts at work especially in this area as robberies are becoming more and more common.


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