Jewel thieves hit mall

BY CHRIS GAETANO Staff Writer

Police have reported that an armed robbery took place at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison on Nov. 4 that resulted in the loss of an unknown amount of jewelry.

Lt. Joseph Shannon, police public information officer, said that three men, described by witnesses as black, approximately 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, all in their late teens or early 20s, dressed all in black, entered White Hall Jewelers around 4:15 p.m. One suspect was carrying a shopping bag, within which was a sledgehammer, which one suspect used to smash a display case. He and the second suspect began to scoop the goods into the shopping bag while the third man kept a gun pointed at the three employees, two women and a man.

Once the case was emptied, all three ran out of the store and were seen leaving the mall through the exit near Work Out World. There, witnesses said, the suspects got into a dark-colored car, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, and took off toward Route 1. Shannon said that authorities do not yet have a description of the driver.

No one was injured. The matter is currently under investigation by Detective Alan Sciarrillo. Anyone with additional information should call him at 732-248-7561.

This is the second reported jewelry robbery at the mall in the last two months; on Sept. 16, thieves had made off with a case of diamond rings before running out of the mall.

Contact Chris Gaetano at sentnorth@gmnews.com.