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Three Armed Robberies Strike Four This Week

The incidents occurred on Valley Road, Tremont Avenue, and John Street.

Three Armed Robberies Strike Four This Week


Four people were robbed at gunpoint in three separate instances since Saturday, according to the West Orange Police Department. 

A man and a woman in their mid-20s were walking on Valley Road at around 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday when two men carrying handguns walked up behind them. 

The man and woman were robbed of about $1,700 in cash and property, including $550 in cash, an Apple iPhone worth $600, and a purse and wallet valued at $400.

The two men with handguns were reportedly driving a black-colored Ford Crown Victoria. Both men were described as African American; one about 5-feet 9-inches tall, and 270 pounds; the other 6-feet tall and 230 pounds.

Another armed robbery was reported on Monday which police say possibly involved a shotgun.

A 60-year-old man parked his car in the front of his house on John Street. As he exited his car, a sliver- or gray-colored BMW pulled up next to him and two African American men in their 20s got out. One of the men brandished a handgun and the other held a larger firearm, probably a shotgun, according to police. 

One of the men struck the 60-year-old man in the head with the end of his gun, and then robbed him of his wallet, containing $800 in cash and various credit cards. The two men then sped away on Whittlesey Avenue. 

The other armed robbery occurred on Saturday evening but was not reported until Tuesday. 

A 44-year-old man said he was walking on Tremont Avenue near Freeman Place after stepping off a public bus. He was approached from behind by a light-skinned African-American man holding a handgun and wearing a mask covering his mouth. 

The man robbed the 44-year-old of $20 in cash, and then fled into the City of Orange. 

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