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2 Phillipsburg men arrested in connection with 2018 armed robbery in Bloomsbury

BLOOMSBURY BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – New Jersey State Police have arrested two Phillipsburg men for allegedly robbing a gas station at gunpoint in Bloomsbury Borough.

Brian Johnson, 42, and Brett Johnson, 28, both of Phillipsburg was charged with first-degree armed robbery.

On November 24, 2018, a masked suspect entered the Citgo Gas Station, located on State Highway 173, brandished a silver revolver, and demanded money from the cashier. He reportedly left the store on foot after the cashier handed him money from the register, police said.

During the five-month investigation, detectives from the Troop “B” Criminal Investigation Office along with detectives from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office used various investigative means to establish evidence linking Brian and Brett Johnson to the robbery. Detectives allege that Brett Johnson was the suspect who entered the gas station while Brian Johnson drove the getaway car, police said.

On Tuesday, June 11, members of the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Electronic Surveillance Unit, Troop “B” CIO and Perryville troopers located Brian Johnson and Brett Johnson at different locations in Phillipsburg, N.J. and were arrested, police said.

Both were lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Brett Johnson/Courtesy New Jersey State Police)
(Photo: Brian Johnson/Courtesy New Jersey ate Police)
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Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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