Bridgeton police and State Police are seeking the public’s help in investigating a series of armed robberies that authorities said may be linked.
Three of the robberies — including one in which a suspect suffered a bullet wound to the head after exchanging gunshots with a store owner — occurred in Bridgeton, police in that city said.
Bridgeton Detective Lt. James Battavio said law-enforcement agents have found several similarities regarding the armed robberies after reviewing video surveillance, forensic evidence and witness statements. City police need the public’s help in substantiating that information, he said.
Battavio also said the incidents may be connected to several suspects, some of whom may be linked to at least two home invasions in the city during the past several months.
Meanwhile, Bridgeton police said State Police are investigating one armed robbery each in Deerfield and Hopewell townships. Those incidents occurred Dec. 10, the same day one of the three armed robberies took place in Bridgeton, they said. Hopewell and Deerfield have no municipal police departments and are patrolled by State Police.
The robberies in Bridgeton occurred Nov. 16 at London Liquor Store on the 500 block of North Pearl Street, Dec. 10 at Nacho’s Mini Market on the 400 block of North Pearl Street, and Dec. 14 at Galle’s Indian Fields on the 400 block of Indian Avenue, police said.
Battavio said one shot was fired during the London Liquor Store robbery.
During the incident at Galle’s Indian Fields, Darvin Cannon, 20, of Buckshutem Road in Bridgeton, allegedly demanded money from a 25-year-old store clerk, Battavio said. Cannon eventually encountered store owner Dominic Galle, and the two men exchanged gunfire, he said.
Cannon fled the scene on foot, Battavio said. He was eventually arrested at Inspira Health Center Bridgeton, where he showed up minutes after the incident to be treated for a gunshot wound to the head.
Cannon was also on a “short list of suspects” compiled by Bridgeton police and State Police in connection with armed robberies, said Capt. Michael Gaimari of the Bridgeton Police Department.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033 or Crime Stoppers at 856-455-5550. Informa-tion can also be sent by text message to TIP411, beginning the text with the word “Bridgeton.”
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