April 10, 2011 |
WYCKOFF, N.J. - Four men involved in a robbery in a North Jersey jewelry store Saturday were captured after their getaway vehicle collided with a police cruiser after a chase through several towns. Two Hawthorne police officers were injured during the chase, which went through communities in Passaic and Bergen Counties. But it was not immediately clear whether any of the suspects were injured in the crash. Authorities said the robbery at Hartgers Jewelers in Wyckoff occurred just before noon.
August 12, 1994 |
He was a cop who needed The Club. Vince Oakes, a 39th Police District officer, could have used the anti-theft device when he answered a call early yesterday at a house in the city's Tioga section. When Oakes came back outside, somebody had stolen his police cruiser. Authorities recovered the car about an hour later, 66 blocks away, without so much as a scrape on it. When police arrived, the alleged thief was sitting on the curb beside the cruiser, reading a newspaper.
September 22, 1990 |
Bryan Henderson had only a second or two to react. He had parked his wife's car near their West Philadelphia home shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday, and was climbing out of the front seat when he spotted an auto racing toward him. "The car had no lights on and it was speeding down the street real fast," Henderson, 32, said. "I stood back to let it go by and he floored it so fast that I couldn't really react. " His desperate leap for the roof of his wife's car failed and the last thing he remembered was the speeding car propelling him into the air. Henderson, a crew leader for the Census Bureau, was hospitalized in stable condition with multiple injuries, the only casualty of a convenience store robbery about 10 blocks from his home and a gun battle that followed between the holdup man and police.
December 10, 1990 |
A few steps behind death, Scott Wabals watched horrified as an old car, speeding from the scene of a purse-snatching, rammed another car and careened onto a Mayfair sidewalk. Wabals' pal, 19-year-old Michael Marsden, was in its way. The beat-up, 20-year-old Ford Maverick plowed into Marsden with such velocity that it knocked him out of his sneakers and hurled him against a parked van. He died instantly, police said. The alleged purse-snatchers' car flipped twice after the fatal crash at Rowland Avenue and Wellington Street, then plowed into a parked car. The driver and passenger ran from the demolished Maverick.
January 11, 2001 |
Two Philadelphia men pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery for their part in the bungled holdup of a Commerce Bank in Atco in June. Martin Payne, 25, and Lawrence McKnight, 24, went into the bank with bank bags on June 19, authorities said. They said McKnight handed the teller a note demanding money and warned that he had a bomb in one of the bags. Payne's job was to be another presence in the bank, said Mindy Mellits, assistant Camden County prosecutor. They were given about $14,000.
January 10, 1992 |
Two bandits made off with $105,000 in cash yesterday in this year's first armored car holdup, despite locking their keys inside their getaway car, police said. The absent-minded robbers had two pals waiting in a backup getaway car parked right behind the first one, police said. When they realized they couldn't get into their own vehicle, they jumped into the other car and got away, police said. The incident started shortly after 12:35 p.m., when the two men, one armed with a double-barreled shotgun, approached a Brinks security guard who had just unloaded a cash bag onto a pushcart in front of the CoreStates First Pennsylvania Bank at Ridge Avenue and Domino Lane in Roxborough, police said.
May 27, 2005 |
With his pockets stuffed with more than $3,000 in cash and a "getaway car" waiting patiently in the bank parking lot, police say Robert Kenneth Marino was almost free. But the car he used to flee the Upper Darby Commerce Bank that he was charged yesterday with robbing turned out to be easy to spot, police said. Marino, 50, who was arraigned bedside at Delaware County Memorial Hospital after he complained of chest pains during his arrest, was caught cruising in a cab, spotted in traffic by a Lansdowne Borough police officer who heard descriptions of Marino and the cab dispatched across police radios.
January 5, 1996 |
Four men charged with swiping a case of transmission fluid during a gas-station robbery yesterday found their getaway anything but smooth. Chased by police, the suspects, fleeing in a 1983 Buick, struck several cars and were nabbed as they tried to run away. Two unidentified citizens stopped Patrolman Joseph Williams at Bank and Randolph Streets at 2 a.m. and informed him that several men had just robbed the Global gas station in the 2100 block of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and that the getaway car was waiting on the nearby Baird Boulevard overpass.
June 10, 2003 |
A resident of Philadelphia's Logan neighborhood told jurors that on the day 7-year-old Erica Pratt escaped from her captors during the summer, she saw four men leave the unoccupied house where Pratt was later discovered. And, said neighbor Loretta Deshazer, one of them was James Burns, 30, the Philadelphia man that prosecutors say drove the getaway car after accomplice Edward Johnson grabbed Pratt near her grandmother's Southwest Philadelphia home. Another witness, William Myers, testified Friday that he saw Burns at the house.
December 23, 1994 |
A branch of the Main Line Federal Savings Bank that opened last week was robbed Wednesday afternoon by two armed men who entered the bank, announced a holdup, and escaped with $1,146. Police said the robbers, whose faces were not covered, were assisted by a woman who drove a silver Chevrolet Chevette hatchback in which the men escaped. The woman drove the car, with the two men inside, into the bank's parking lot at 1141 Baltimore Pike about 2:15 p.m., police said. She went into the bank and asked for directions to Township Line Road, police said.