Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bridgeton police probing early morning robbery in which puppy was stolen

By Sean C. McCullen,

Police are investigating an Orchard Street couple’s claim that they were robbed at gunpoint when they arrived home at about 2 a.m. this morning.

The 24-year-old male victim told police he was standing in front of his 500-block home, waiting for his girlfriend to come from their vehicle with the house key, when three black males wielding handguns emerged from the side yard, Bridgeton Police Capt. Burl Kimble said.

He told police he ran. One of the three suspects chased after him throughout the neighborhood, but never caught up to him.

The 23-year-old female victim told police the remaining two armed robbers pulled her from the vehicle, forced her inside the home, and, while pointing guns at her, demanded money and threatened to kill her, Kimble said.

She reported that the armed robbers fled with a black pit bull puppy, her purse and her cell phone after she told them she did not know where any money was located.

One of the two suspects who dragged the woman into her home is described as black, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with long hair pulled into a bushy ponytail.

The second suspect was described as 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 to 220 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.

Both suspects were wearing ski masks over the bottom of their faces.

The suspect who chased after the male victim was only described as black. He was wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Det. Kristopher Steffler at (856) 451-0033 ext. 2103.

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