NORTH BRUNSWICK — State Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy they say stole an unmarked vehicle from a trooper’s home and used it in several robberies.
At 9:39 a.m. Sunday, a State Police trooper reported his unmarked white Chevrolet Tahoe stolen from his North Brunswick driveway, State Police said. The SUV contained several uniforms, two issued weapons and other issued equipment.
In a preliminary investigation, detectives found the teen and SUV were involved in four incidents early Sunday, Sgt. Jeffrey Flynn said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
At 5:45 a.m., the teen boy allegedly stopped a truck driver on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike near Interchange 10, Flynn said. The teen identified himself as a trooper and demanded money from the truck driver as a fine for speeding. The teen drove away when the driver refused. The driver reported the incident Monday.
At 6:50 a.m., a truck driver reported a robbery to State Police after the teen, using the stolen SUV, stopped the driver on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike at milepost 74.7 in South Brunswick, Flynn said. The driver reported to police the teen stole cash.
At 7:19 a.m., the teen filled the SUV at a gas station on St. George Avenue in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County, and drove away without paying, Flynn said.
The teen at 7:30 a.m. stopped a cab at the Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge and stole cash from the driver, Flynn said.
Investigators recovered the SUV late Sunday morning in North Brunswick. The teen did not display weapons in any of the incidents, Flynn said.
On Wednesday, State Police Homicide North Unit detectives and North Brunswick Police Department detectives arrested the teen after they developed a suspect using evidence recovered during the investigation, Flynn said.
Investigators on Wednesday recovered two issued weapons, which were inside the SUV when it was stolen, in the area of Dogwood Court in New Brunswick, Flynn said.
The teen was charged with burglary, two counts unlawful possession of weapon, two counts of robbery, three counts impersonating a law enforcement officer and theft by unlawful taking. He was taken to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center in lieu of bail.