Police are looking for a man accused of robbing a worker at the Mount Olive Exxon station located on Route 206 in Mount Olive, NJ.
The theft occurred while the gas station employee was closing down the station for the night. According to authorities, it was around 11 p.m. when the suspect entered the station and walked toward the worker.
The suspect held a black umbrella as he approached the victim. When the suspect got close to the worker, he allegedly used pepper spray and aimed it at the victim’s face
After attacking the worker, the suspect allegedly ordered the victim to hand over money. The victim then reached into his wallet and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect exited the store and fled the area on foot.
After the suspect left the station, the victim contacted Mount Olive police. An ambulance arrived at the gas station and emergency responders treated the victim before transporting him to a nearby hospital.
The victim was able to give Mount Olive police a description of the suspect, who is reportedly a white male in his early 30s and standing 5 feet 10 inches tall.
The Mount Olive Police Department is actively investigating the theft incident. Investigators are still trying to determine the suspect’s identity.
If investigators are eventually able to identify and locate the suspect, it is likely that serious criminal charges would follow. N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 typically classifies robbery as a second degree criminal offense. A conviction on second degree robbery charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Mount Olive Township Police Investigations Unit has asked for help from the public. Anyone with information to share about the suspect or the robbery should contact Mount Olive investigators at 973-691-0900 ext. 7203.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Gas Station Worker Robbed in Mount Olive.”