MAHWAH, N.J. -- Mahwah detectives cracked the robbery of a 7-Eleven near the New York State border with the arrest of a 24-year-old Suffern man, authorities said Thursday.
Cory M. Tridgell was wearing a hoodie, a scarf camouflage pants when he motioned as if he had a gun and told the Franklin Turnpike convenience store clerk around 12:20 a.m. Feb. 19 that he "would kill him if he didn't give him the money from the register," Police Chief James N. Batelli told Daily Voice.
"The clerk told him he didn't have access to the register and the gunman then demanded his wallet," the chief said.
The robber fled with cash the clerk gave him from his wallet and the cigarettes, Batelli said.
Without much to go on, Mahwah Detective Eric Larsen conducted interviews and reviewed surveillance video as part of "excellent police work" that identified Tridgell as the robber, Batelli said.
He then obtained an arrest warrant for Tridgell, who lives on Rockland Terrace, on charges of robbery, threatening to kill and weapons offenses, among other crimes.
Working with New York authorities, township police "learned that Tridgell may have left the state of New York after the robbery but returned [there] on Wednesday [when] Haverstraw Police learned of his location and placed him under arrest," the chief said.
Tridgell was being held in the Rockland County Jail in New City awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
Mahwah Police Chief James N. Batelli expressed thanks to Suffern and Haverstraw authorities and also commended the work of Mahwah Detectives for their diligence in identifying Tridgell as the person responsible for the robbery.