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Police in Maplewood Search for Carjacker Who Targeted Senior Citizen


Maplewood Police are searching for a suspect who stole a car from a Wawa parking lot early Thursday morning.

According to police, on August 11, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Maplewood Police received a 911 call reporting a carjacking that occurred in the Wawa Parking lot located at 1511 Springfield Avenue.  

Police said a 72-year-old male victim reports that upon exiting the Wawa and walking over to his vehicle, he was approached by an unknown male who demanded the victim hand over his keys. 

According to police, the unknown male then shoved the victim and once again demanded the victim’s keys. The suspect then reached into the victim’s pocket and removed the keys. 

He then entered the vehicle and was last observed driving eastbound on Springfield Avenue into Irvington.  

According to police, the suspect is described as a black male between 16 - 19 years old, with blue jeans,  no facial hair and shirtless. 

The victim refused medical attention, was not injured and reported no weapons shown. 

Maplewood Police Detectives were able to track the vehicle on the victim’s phone and recovered the unoccupied parked car at 138 Hunterdon Street. 

The vehicle was towed to Police Headquarters to be processed for evidence.

Anyone with information or video of the suspects should contact our Detective Bureau at 973-762-1234 or DLt. Palmerezzi at