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Mahwah police release surveillance photo in CVS holdup

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Mahwah police are looking for a man who held up a CVS on Franklin Turnpike last night by putting a gun to the manager’s head, as well as a woman who they believe might have been an accomplice.

The robber came in around 9:45 p.m. and asked for help with a heating pad in one of the aisles, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said this morning.

He then “drew a black handgun from his waistband and held it to the manager’s head” and brought him to the front of the store, where “a second employee was ordered to open a register drawer and place the cash in a green and white bag that the suspect had with him,” the chief said.

A witness saw the fleeing robber get into a light silver or white Chevrolet Corsica or Lumina that he believes is from the late 90s or early 00s. The vehicle left the parking lot onto Fox Lane heading into the Suffern, New York area.

The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall and 220-240 pounds, with a ponytail. He was wearing a white warmup-type outfit with black or blue stripes on the outside pants legs and a black or blue stripe across the middle of his back.

Reviewing the store video ( image, top ), investigators noticed a heavyset white woman who entered the store and acted suspiciously about a half-hour or so before the holdup, Batelli said. She bought a drink and asked for directions to the New York State Thruway, he said.

“It is not known if she was involved in the robbery,” the chief said, “but Mahwah authorities would like to interview her.”

Anyone who was in the area at that time and saw anything suspicious or has any information about the robbery is asked to call Mahwah police: (201) 529-1000

SURVEILLANCE IMAGE: Courtesy MAHWAH PD

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