Two New Jersey men accused of impersonating police officers and committing armed robberies have reportedly pleaded guilty.
The theft incidents reportedly occurred in Morris County and Bergen County, NJ. According to Morris County prosecutors, the two suspects pretended to be police officers when they committed multiple robberies.
The suspects, a 39-year-old Orange NJ man and a 37-year-old Clifton NJ man, allegedly targeted immigrants in the heists, two of which occurred in Dover, New Jersey.
During the first robbery, the two suspects reportedly approached victims who were sitting in a car parked in Dover, NJ. The second robbery reportedly occurred at an apartment in Dover, New Jersey.
The suspects were arrested after a police officer investigated a possible burglary at a residence on Roxiticus Road in Mendham Township. It turned out that the house was being used by the suspects as a base of operations for the thefts. When law enforcement searched the vacant home, they allegedly discovered two police jackets.
The suspects were subsequently charged with two counts of second degree robbery.
The suspects recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ and entered guilty pleas.
The suspects reached plea agreements with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for the suspects’ guilty pleas, Morris County prosecutors agreed to recommend lighter sentences than those called for under NJ law. One of the suspects will be sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, while the other suspect will be sentenced to 9 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The suspects will have to return to Morris County Superior Court later this year to be formally sentenced.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Duo Who Impersonated Cops Admit Robberies.”