BRIDGETON - Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Bridgeton Deli about 9 p.m. Monday.
The business owner and employees told police two men dressed in dark clothing were wearing bandannas and pulled out handguns after entering the store.
They stole $250 in cash and 20 packs of Newport cigarettes, police said.
An investigation revealed the car left behind by the suspects had been reported stolen from the Cumberland Mall movie theater area.
“This is the second incident involving a stolen vehicle from the Cumberland Mall area and subsequent commercial robbery in the City of Bridgeton," police said in a statement Tuesday. " It appears as though these two individuals have done this before as it matches their M.O. The last vehicle stolen was used in a gas station robbery and the vehicle was recovered in Fairfield Township. Someone knows something about this and I hope information comes to us in order to assist in this investigation. In the next couple of days, I hope to release video surveillance of the incident in order to get the public’s help in possibly recognizing these actors.”
A victim came later claiming that same vehicle, a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass, was driven by two male suspects who stole his cell phone and $150 in cash at about 9:20 p.m. Monday.
Anyone with information should contact either Vineland or Bridgeton police.