NJ state police: Trooper’s stolen SUV used in robberies

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State police in New Jersey say two weapons and New Jersey state police uniforms were taken over the weekend from an unmarked trooper SUV stolen that was used in at least two robberies.

Police said in a statement Sunday that the white Chevrolet Tahoe was stolen Saturday night or early Sunday from a trooper’s driveway in the North Brunswick area.

Investigators said they determined the stolen vehicle was used in three incidents early Sunday morning.

A truck driver reported a robbery to state police just before 7 a.m. Sunday after a person driving the stolen trooper SUV stopped him on the New Jersey Turnpike in South Brunswick. Authorities said the driver of the trooper SUV stole cash from the truck driver and fled. 

The suspect then fueled the trooper SUV around 7:15 a.m. at a gas station on St. George Avenue in Colonia and left without paying, police said. Authorities said about 15 minutes later the suspect stopped a cab at the Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge and stole cash from the driver. 

No weapons were brandished during any of the incidents, state police said.

Investigators recovered the SUV late Sunday morning in North Brunswick, but the weapons and uniforms were missing from the vehicle.

Police did not specify what type of weapons were taken from the vehicle. As the search for the suspect continues, state police are asking anyone concerned about an officer's credentials to call 911 for verification.

The Associated Press news wire service contributed to this report.

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