The Newark Police are currently investigating two early morning commercial burglaries that occurred on Monday, October 14, 2019. Whether the burglaries are related is still under investigation, according to Lt Andrew Rubin.
Rubin said at 4:18 in the morning, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Cigarette City located at 390 College Square Shopping Center. Arriving officers observed forcible entry to the front door. Further investigation revealed that the business had been entered and property from within had been taken. The ATM machine located inside had been damaged, but money had not been taken from the machine.
While officers were investigating the above burglary, at 6:07, officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at the Rite Aid located at 399 New London Road. Arriving officers observed forcible entry to the front door. Property from within the business was taken and an unsuccessful attempt was made to remove the ATM machine.
While officers were responding to the Rite Aid burglary, an officer observed a possible suspect vehicle fleeing the scene. When the officer was able to turn around and look for the vehicle, he located the vehicle parked on a side street unoccupied. This vehicle had been reported stolen from the Wilmington area.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. T. Gerasimov at (302) 366-7100 x. 3474 or [email protected].