Two men have been arrested after a group of officers were assigned to Atlantic City’s Lower Chelsea neighborhood to investigate an increase in robberies.
The names of the two men have not been released due to the ongoing investigation, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
They 30- and 32-year-old males have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, receiving stolen property, possession of hollow-point bullets, resisting arrest and several drug charges.
The increase in robberies caused acting Deputy Chief Glenn Abram to assemble a group of officers, which began Saturday under Sgt. Frank Timek. On that day, at 8 p.m., an employee of a convenience store on the 3600 block of Winchester Avenue was robbed at gunpoint by a suspect using a silver handgun. They fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Uniformed officers responded to the Chelsea Village Apartments, where the man had reportedly fled, McMenamin said.
Witnesses told officers they heard males running up the stairs when police arrived, according to the report. One resident, Edward Jordan, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Information there led them to the 100 block of North Morris Avenue, where two men matching the description of the suspects in several robberies live, McMenamin said.
When police arrived, the suspects tried to run, but patrol officers arrested one. K-9 Officer Michelle Clark and her partner, Cain, got the other to surrender without incident.
A handgun, loaded with hollow point bullets was recovered from the residence as well as evidence from recent robberies dating back month, including one on the 3000 block of Fairmount Avenue on Oct. 11. The handgun found was stolen from Egg Harbor Township, McMenamin said.
Both men are lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 bail.