Police: Man robbed 5 Hoboken businesses in past few weeks

Matthew Trontz, 31, now faces multiple charges related to the robberies.

Joti Rekhi

Mar 2, 2024, 1:22 AM

Updated 53 days ago


Hoboken police say they have arrested a man who robbed five businesses in the city over the past few weeks.
Police have accused 31-year-old Matthew Trontz, of Jersey City, of robbing Prime Gourmet, Prime Stop, A&H Smoke Shop, Hoboken Mini Mart and Thomas’ Ice Cream Cafe.
They say Trontz showed a weapon that the victims believed was a silver handgun or black stun gun and was then able to get away with money and vaping products.
“I’ve been working here for three years and nothing like that has ever happened,” said Mohamed Almohsen, of A&H smoke shop.
Trontz was charged with:
• First-degree robbery
• Second-degree possession of a handgun
• Second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes
• Second-degree certain persons not to have weapons
• Fourth-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes
• Fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons and devices
• Fourth-degree unlawful possession of weapon
“I’m glad that they arrested him,” said Almohsen. “Just having that feeling, especially in an area where this doesn’t happen a lot.”
Police say officers found Trontz in possession of a silver imitation toy gun, a black stun gun, a foldable pocketknife and three cans of pepper spray when he was arrested. He was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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