Posse formed to catch in-and-out bandits

A group of investigators from several towns are meeting tomorrow to plot a strategy for dealing with a holdup spree that’s stretched across five North Jersey counties over the past month — including last night.

They’ll likely consider a common denominator in many of the stickups: a pair of east-west highways that offer easy-off, easy-on access.

If you plot out the targets on a map, you’ll see the vast majority of the stickups occurred near Routes 80 and 46.

In fact, last night’s holdup occurred at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Paramus on Route 17 — near its intersections with both 80 and 46.

No customers were in the store when the first robber went in and ordered a soft drink, Paramus Police Chief Richard Cary said in an email this morning. The other bandit then pulled a semi-automatic from a shoulder bag, pointed it at the cashier and took $400, the chief wrote.

In other cases, the distractor has instead served as a lookout.

Continued on my Examiner page…..

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