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Police seeking information in Somerset County armed robbery

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a Franklin Township business Monday morning, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On Monday, May 1, at around 11:56 a.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting an armed robbery at a local jewelry store on Hamilton Street, McDonald said.

Upon arrival, police determined that three unidentified men gained entry by breaking the glass of the locked front door while a fourth unidentified man remained outside in a vehicle. One of the men entered the store while brandishing a handgun towards the employees, while the other two suspects proceeded to smash the glass display cases and steal an undisclosed amount of jewelry before fleeing the area in a vehicle, McDonald said.

No injuries occurred during the robbery, McDonald said.

The men wore masks and gloves during the robbery and were last seen fleeing the area on Hamilton Street towards Kossuth Street in Somerset in an older model silver 4 door Lincoln Town car believed to have out of state license plates, McDonald said.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help with any information relating to the suspects or the vehicle which they may have observed in the area on May 1, either before or after the robbery, McDonald said.

Anyone with information relating to the armed robbery to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Jay Edwards

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