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Armed Robber Sought in Willowbrook Theft, Cops Say

Woman told police her purse was stolen at gunpoint outside Macy's early Saturday morning.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse at gunpoint from her car at the Willowbrook Mall early Saturday morning, Capt. James Clarke said.

Police found an unoccupied vehicle in front of a Macy’s entrance at the mall Saturday at about 2:50 a.m., with the driver’s side door open, Clarke said. The owner of the vehicle was later found inside the store, saying she fled the vehicle when the man approached her outside, Clarke said.

According to police, the victim was attempting to close the driver’s side door while she placed her purse on the passenger seat. The man approached the vehicle and stood between the open door and vehicle, brandishing a small handgun, Clarke said.  

The man stated he would not hurt the woman and told the victim not to scream, Clarke said. The victim ran away from the car and into the store, where she yelled for help, Clarke said.

When police arrived, the man had fled the scene, Clarke said. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit responded but was unable to locate the individual.

A yellow and brown leopard “Betsie Johnson” purse was stolen, Clarke said. A small magazine to a pellet gun was found on the ground at the scene, Clarke said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wayne Police at 973-694-0600.

Marie Intili December 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
You got that right Flood Plain! Properly trained citizens dont miss! Also a person whom has a weapon is responsible with the weapon and others and has been properly trained in this respect.....to respect others e the weapon!
Jorgey December 25, 2012 at 08:00 PM
"likely a 1%" .."shopping @Willowbk"? can we instead 'assume' she was working@mall w.5 children home & "failed to give him.." what she worked for? Hes not misunderstood hes a criminal... Im goin to assume comments like that are sarcastic & we all realize the only help govt can offer is a 2x4 cell! .
fredkringle December 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Jorgey ... sharp as a tack you are!
paul r December 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Not so sure a pellet gun is a deadly weapon. Also not so sure I'm willing to give someone who's in the mall parking lot at 2:50 AM the power to be judge, jury, and executioner.
Nose Wayne December 28, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Like Clint Eastwood said "Go ahead,make my day" less criminals would be out there wondering if someone is going to point a bigger gun at them that they have if more people had a CW. Think about it.

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