Man Mugged and Carjacked at Short Hills Station
Carjackers brandished weapons, stole Mercedes Benz and commuter's wallet, apparently fled through Maplewood and South Orange.
Millburn Police report that a commuter was the victim of a mugging and a carjacking at the Short Hills train station around 6:20 a.m. by men who had just stolen a Land Rover from a house on Slope Drive.
Two men in the Land Rover followed by two men in a 2002 Subaru pulled up to the Municipal Lot #3 at the Short Hills Train station, where, police said, they jumped from those cars and brandished firearms at a resident in a 2011 Mercedes Benz.
They demanded his wallet and his car and took off with both at high speeds and were witnessed by an off-duty police officer speeding through downtown Millburn a few minutes later.
The off-duty officer followed the cars and advised the police department of the whereabouts of the vehicles.
Lt. Peter Eakley, Public Information Officer with the Police Department, reported that in the area of Millburn Avenue and Wyoming Avenue, “the Subaru experienced mechanical problems, resulting in the suspects bailing out and jumping into the other two stolen vehicles."
The cars were spotted by the an officer with the South Orange Police department, who lost them on North Wyoming Avenue in South Orange, Eakely said.
The case is now under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and will be assisted by the Millburn Police Department.
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In the comments section of this story, the wife of the victim said the carjackers held two guns to her husband's head and told him to lie on the ground while they drove his car away. "He is safe, and gave the robbers what they asked for, which was his Mercedes and cash."
She said police responded quickly. She and the owner of the stolen Land Rover, who also commented below, both said they would like to see better surveillance around town and at the train stations.