Blackwood Man Charged in Rash of Gas Station Robberies
The 44-year-old man and a juvenile face charges in recent robberies and robbery attempts in Camden and Gloucester counties.
A Blackwood man and a teenager have been charged in connection with a series of robberies and robbery attempts of gas stations and convenience stores in Camden and Gloucester counties over the past several weeks.
One of the robbery attempts pinned on the duo occurred at the Citgo station on the Black Horse Pike in Blackwood on Nov. 19.
Albert A. Anderson 3rd, 44, and an unidentified 17-year-old juvenile were arrested Friday following the attempted armed robbery of a Citgo gas station on Hurffville Road in Deptford Township, Deptford Police Det. Lt. Kevin Pancoast announced.
The duo was arrested on Point Pleasant Avenue in Deptford. Anderson was arrested in his vehicle, while the teen was found hiding under a truck.
Gloucester Township Police Department was among the law-enforcement agencies to dispatch personnel to aid Deptford police in apprehending Anderson and the teen following the Citgo robbery attempt.
Anderson and his alleged juvenile accomplice are also believed to have robbed 24/7 Food Market on Cooper Street in Deptford and the same Hurffville Road Citgo station on Nov. 21, as well as businesses in Woodbury, according to Pancoast.
In Camden County, Anderson and the teen have been charged in the Nov. 19 Blackwood Citgo robbery attempt, according to Gloucester Township Police, and are believed to have robbed a Brooklawn Citgo—a gas station that was hit twice in a matter of hours—on Nov. 20.
Anderson and the teen both were charged with criminal attempt armed robbery for Friday's crime, as well as multiple counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. Anderson was also charged with multiple counts of employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime.
Anderson was lodged in Gloucester County Jail on $250,000 bail. The teen was placed in the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center.
In addition to Gloucester Township Police Department, officers from Washington Township, Westville, Woodbury and East Greenwich police departments were also deployed to apprehend the alleged robbers. The FBI and prosecutor's offices in Camden and Gloucester counties also assisted in the investigation into the rash of armed robberies.