69-Year-Old Woman Robbed in Kmart Parking Lot

Elderly woman involved in strong-armed robbery.


An elderly woman was robbed recently while in the Kmart parking lot, according to police. 

The 69-year-old woman was going through the trunk of her car parked at Kmart, 295 Prospect Ave., at around 3 p.m. on Monday when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse.

The woman struggled with the man until the purse straps broke, causing her to fall to the ground. She injured her wrist in the fall. 

The woman was robbed of $60 in cash, a cell phone, and various documents, according to police. 

The man took the purse and ran to a waiting car, described as silver with four doors. He sped away on Prospect Avenue toward the entrance of I-280.  

The woman refused medical attention. 

The incident is still under investigation, and police do not have any suspects. 



Gary Englert September 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Marilyn Stone: I grew up in West Orange too (and was living here before Route 280 cut the Township in half) and crime has declined in the last dozen years. This followed a couple of decades of increases (primarily burglaries and auto thefts) that were undoubtedly a result of the easy entrance and exit that the highway provides. Point in fact: In 1995, there were 364 motor vehicle thefts in West Orange; in 2010, there were 48...and that is just one example of how much crime has decreased. The administration isn't asleep and does understand the perception that crime is on the rise that is being nurtured by on-line media but, the simple fact remains that this perception is not reality. We all need to deal with the problems that actually exist and neither embellish nor minimize them, as that serves no useful purpose. There ISN'T more crime; we're just hearing about the crime that does happen more quickly (and the news is disseminated far more broadly) because of the Internet. If you'd like reassurance that what I'm telling you is true, the Townhip's crime data from 1995-2010 is available for viewing in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports on this website: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr The complete reports for 2011 are not yet available but, that data was released by the Mayor and WOPD a few weeks ago (as well as a comparison with 2012, year to date) and confirmed a continual over all decline.
Gary Englert September 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
An arrest has already been made: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/west-orange/articles/west-orange-police-detectives-identify-suspect-in
Lori September 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
@Gary Thanks for sharing!! That guy needs to stay in jail. His record and actions leave one to think that he will never change!
Tom September 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I am glad. Does anyone know if he acted alone?
Rayna Gillman September 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Uh - excuse me -- but a 69 year old is NOT elderly! Geesh!


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