An Atlantic City man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for robbing a Food Mart last year.
Matthew Bumpers, 24, and an unidentified accomplice entered the Food Mart on Feb. 12, 2013, and held cashier at gunpoint after assaulting him and demanded money, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.
The two suspects, unaware of a security camera whose video feed was being monitored, stole about $200 in cash, cigarettes and a cell phone, and had damaged the store's phone line to prevent the victim from notifying police, authorities said.
A coworker of the victim at a neighboring store had seen the video from the surveillance system and ran to the store being robbed and chased the suspects from the store, police said.
The suspects ran in separate directions, but the coworker continued to chase Bumpers until he boarded a jitney. He then followed the jitney in his own vehicle and called 911, the Prosecutor's Office said.
When Bumpers got off the jitney, a police officer in the area was flagged down by the coworker and the officer located Bumpers hiding under a deck.
The second suspect was never found or identified, according to the Prosecutor's Office.
Bumpers was convicted of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. He is sentenced to 15 years, but can become eligible for parole after 12 years and 9 months.
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