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Franklin Lakes Police Nab Accused Stop & Shop Armed Robber

Authorities asked that anyone who knows the robber, sees him or has information that might help catch him call Franklin Lakes police: (201) 891-3131.
Authorities asked that anyone who knows the robber, sees him or has information that might help catch him call Franklin Lakes police: (201) 891-3131. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Franklin Lakes PD

CAUGHT! Thanks to surveillance photos shared online, Franklin Lakes police said Monday that they caught the robber who jumped the counter at a local Stop & Shop and pointed a pistol at a pharmacist last week -- all for a bottle of cough syrup.

https://wyckoff.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/caught-franklin-lakes-stop-shop-armed-robber-in-custody-police-announce/744245/

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ORIGINAL STORY: Franklin Lakes police released photos Friday of a robber who jumped the counter at a local Stop & Shop and pointed a pistol at a pharmacist.

The robber – who was described as white, in his early 20s, with a medium build and light-colored hair – was wearing a blue hoodie covered by a gold and blue flannel coat, along with blue jeans and white sneakers when he pulled off the holdup just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. John Bakelaar said.

After jumping the counter, he “removed a semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and pointed the weapon in the face of the pharmacist,” Bakelaar said. “[He demanded cough syrup with codeine, was given the syrup and fled the store, running toward Franklin Avenue.”

A Bergen County sheriff’s K-9 unit -- as well as police from Ramsey, Mahwah and other neighboring towns -- assisted in what became a fruitless search.

Bakelaar asked that anyone who knows the robber, sees him or has information that might help catch him call Franklin Lakes police: (201) 891-3131 .

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