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Turnpike toll plaza robbed at knifepoint for second Monday in a row

KEARNY — A New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza was robbed at knifepoint for the second time in as many weeks late Monday, although it remains unclear if the second incident happened in the same lane, or to the same attendant, as the first one.

The toll plaza at Exit15W of the New Jersey Turnpike
The toll plaza at Exit15W of the New Jersey Turnpike (Google Street View)

The attendant victimized by Monday’s robbery handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to a masked person who pulled up to a booth at the Exit 15W toll plaza, for Route 280, around 10:20 p.m., according to State police.

The suspect was driving a black BMW, which is believed to be different than the car used in a similar robbery at the same toll plaza last Monday. The thief was described as wearing a black-and-white striped shirt.

Police are reviewing video from the toll plaza and along the Turnpike as part of their investigation.

Robbers strike NJ Turnpike toll plaza in Kearny

Last Monday, a man whose face was painted with military-style face paint got out of what police said was a black, late-model Toyota Camry with no license plates which had pulled up to a booth at the same plaza. The man demanded the cash drawer, and he and a woman who was driving the Camry then sped off toward westbound Route 280.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact the State Police Newark Station at 732-441-4500, ext. 1430.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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