Police arrested three teenagers accused of robbing food delivery drivers in Haledon, New Jersey.
According to officials, the teen suspects robbed at least three different victims who were attempting to deliver food to residences along the 400 block of Roe Street in Haledon, NJ. It is believed by authorities that the suspects called restaurants to place food delivery orders and then waited for the drivers to show up.
The first theft incident occurred on December 12, 2016. The suspects allegedly robbed a delivery driver by paying for food with a counterfeit $50 bill.
The second theft incident occurred on December 22, 2016. The suspects allegedly robbed a different food delivery driver by using a handgun. When the victim got to Roe Street in Haledon, the suspects approached him and threatened him with a firearm.
The third theft crime occurred on December 24, 2016, with the suspects allegedly robbing another food delivery driver at the same location.
Police eventually captured the suspects on December 27 when a couple of Haledon detectives spotted the men peering into cars parked on the side of the road. Two of the men were allegedly wearing ski masks. The Haledon NJ detectives approached the suspects, investigated the situation, and took them into custody.
At Haledon police headquarters, one of the men placed a phone call. That s when cops noticed that the suspect had called the same number used to order food in a couple of the recent robberies. Quick-thinking police officers investigated further and connected the suspects to the food delivery driver robberies.
According to law enforcement, one of the suspects has already confessed to his role in the armed robberies. When police officers searched the suspect s residence in Haledon, they reportedly found a handgun.
The three suspects have been charged with numerous crimes, including armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and theft of movable property. Additionally, one of the suspects has also been charged with terroristic threats and hindering apprehension.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Teens Preyed on Food Delivery Drivers, Cops Say.”