The New Jersey State Police and North Brunswick Police Department are cooperatively investigating the theft of an unmarked troop car, which was stolen from a trooper’s residence in North Brunswick and then used during the commission of two robberies and a theft at a gas station.
According to police, on December 17th a New Jersey State Trooper reported his troop car stolen at approximately 9:39 a.m. when he discovered it missing from his driveway. The troop car contained several uniforms, two issued weapons, and other issued equipment.
Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives determined that the suspect and troop car were involved with three incidents early Sunday morning.
- 6:50 a.m.: A truck driver reported a robbery to State Police after he was stopped by the suspect using the stolen troop car on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound at milepost 74.7 in South Brunswick. During the interaction, the suspect stole cash from the driver.
- 7:19 a.m.: An unknown suspect fueled the troop car at a gas station on St. George Avenue in Colonia, and left without paying.
- 7:30 a.m.: A suspect stopped a cab at the Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge and stole cash from the driver.
Police said no weapons were brandished during any of the incidents.
This is an active investigation and police continue to work cooperatively with North Brunswick Police Department and local law enforcement.
There is no further information available at this time.
Anyone concerned or suspicious about the validity of an officer’s identification should call 9-1-1 to report the information and seek confirmation of the officer’s credentials.