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West Orange Bar Robbed at Gunpoint

Two men take approximately $400 from two bartenders and a patron at Dillon's Tavern on Saturday morning.

 

Employees at a West Orange tavern were robbed at gunpoint shortly before last call on Saturday morning, police said.  

Two men entered , at 45 Freeman St., between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m. on Saturday and robbed the tavern’s register of approximately $400 in cash. 

As one of the men held a handgun, the other reportedly punched a bartender in the face. There were two employees and one guest in the tavern at the time of the robbery. 

After the two men took the money from the tavern’s register, they robbed the two employees and one patron of their cell phones and money, and also took two bottles of liquor from behind the bar.  

The men then left the bar on foot. 

The two men were described as black men, one approximately 6 feet 2 inches with short, cropped hair; and the other 5 feet 6 inches with a thin, muscular build and long dreadlocks. 

There was no mention of any surveillance equipment at the bar, according to reports. 

TF August 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I am no longer going to read these stories because it makes it sound like I live in a war zone. Too many establishments in the Valley have been robbed by gunpoint in the past year--not to mention the people being held up by gunpoint while walking down the streets. Oh, and yes, TWO homicides! And I don't care how "isolated" the homicides were---it doesn't change the fact that two innocent people were killed in town in a year! I bet if these incidents were happening up the hill there would be an uproar!
Ryan August 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Two in a year? The Chestnut St. killing was almost sixteen months ago. Is there one I'm forgetting?
TF August 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Year/16 months...not really that big of a difference.
Lisa A. Lehrer, Esq. August 13, 2012 at 08:05 PM
It seems like every day I am hearing more and more stories about crime - and for people who say that if it was "up the hill" there would be an uproar - I recall a robbery at gun point on Pleasant Valley Way (Exxon) and numerous robberies on Northfiel recently - there has been no up roar - there has been nothing - just continuing crime - it needs to stop - people need to ban together to stop it not fight amongst themselves - the crime has gotten bad throughout the entire town!
Gary Englert August 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
All, please consider the following: What is surely questionable is any assertion that the incidents being reported represent any precipitous increase over the norm and/or documentable history. For instance, the Township's UCRs for 2010 (a typical year) reported 87 "violent crimes" (in total) committed during that reporting period or 1.67 such crimes per week. Is there anything to suggest that rate has increased based on the on-line reports we are all seeing? No. More specifically, there were 38 crimes classified as robberies, 131 burglaries and 48 motor vehicle thefts (in 2010). Each and every one of these was undoubtedly uncomfortable, inconvenient, costly and possibly traumatic for the victims involved. Nothing, however, indicates there is any significant upward trend in any category...and one unconnected murder in each of the last two years doesn't represent a trend either. Again, all wee are really seeing is the the more immediate and widespread reporting of the crime that does happen, thanks to the Internet. I also have the greatest faith that the WOPD will clear most, if not all of these crimes, by and arrest and conviction...as that is their habit.
James Johnston August 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Sad to read this report. It looks bad for the bars in town, with robberies, burglaries, assaults and homicides during the past year. Also for shops and gas stations... WOPD has to be pro-active in fighting these crimes.
Celeste August 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Profiling or not. Pat-Downs now!
Gary Englert August 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
WOPD is proactive, which is a major reason crime is as low as it is. It is, however, a given that you simply can't put a cop at every bar in town at closing time.
mick August 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM
How many violent criminals were convicted on the "38 crimes classified as robberies, 131 burglaries and 48 motor vehicle thefts (in 2010."? How is law enforcement proactive on violent crime? "Police can't stop an intruder, mugger, or stalker from hurting you. They can pursue him only after he has hurt or killed you. Protecting yourself from harm is your responsibility, and you are far less likely to be hurt in a neighborhood of gun owners than in one of disarmed citizens – even if you don't own a gun yourself." – Harry Browne
mick August 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM
another homicide. http://westorange.patch.com/articles/murder-suspect-identified
Ryan August 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
No mick, that's not another one -- that's one of the two that TF referenced above.
Anthony August 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
WO is not what it used to be and you know it. Don't try to make it sound better. It has become very dark and undesirable. Get out while your home still has value or sell it for nothing through Jordan Barris.... Move west people, there is less mass transit!
Gary Englert August 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM
If anyone needed any pointed, repugnant, racist diatribe to fill their belly, Anthony has certainly provided it.
JB August 14, 2012 at 08:04 PM
not racist or repugnant Mr Englert, its fact. The town is a dump
george August 14, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Gary, can you really say the town is as nice as it was 15 years ago? How can you say the drop in police force hasn't affected the town? 30 less police officers on staff than there was a few years ago. You aren't fooling anyone by trying to defend what a crappy town West Orange has become.
MSS August 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Sadly the wider reporting of crime is giving the town a bad reputation. There must be something we can do to make it better.
john anthony prignano August 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
This is truly a sad state of affairs .We're not even producing quality shills anymore.
george August 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Gary I wouldnt expect you to say a bad word about the town, especially because they pay you. But give me a break. West Orange has become crap compared to what it once was. I put a for sale sign up and I cant wait to get out.
Gary Englert August 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Perhaps but, there's still no shortage of raving malcontent lunatics.
Gary Englert August 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
george: If I'm getting paid to express an opinion, somebody else is cashing the checks. By all means, if you're unhappy, do move on down the road. Since you're hiding behind a screen name anyway, I doubt anyone will miss you.
Brett Kaiser August 15, 2012 at 03:57 AM
See, that's what I can't figure out about here. 1). DO all these people who whine, complain and cry actually live in town, and 2). if yes, Why? Is there a reason they want or need to stay? I'm all for fighting for my town (of 51+ years) and plan to stay. And why wouldn't they just move, and IF you do move (or really don't live here) WHERE do you want to (or do) live? I'm really curious if anyone could enlighten us with answers to these questions. It would be much Appreciated. Thanks Brett Kaiser
Gary Englert August 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM
MSS: Outlets like The Patch are in every community and every one of their crimes are being more rapidly reported, as well. West Orange is not unique to this all, nor is our reputation suffering as a result. What does hurt the reputation of the Township is people spreading nonsense about anything...like the crime rate is increasing...when it most certainly isn't.
Gary Englert August 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
George: Well, let's see...fifteen years ago we had a Chief of Police known for beating up his wife, tipping off the subjects of a criminal invstigation of an impending raid (and endagering the lives of his own officers) and a municipal attorney with IRS liens up the kazoo who was embezzling from clients. We also had something is excess of 350 cars stolen a year. So, can I say the town is as nice as it was 15 years ago? Yes...and in many respects it is even better. Our police department is NOT "down by 30 officers" and the relatively few slots that have been reduced were initially created based on federal grants when the crime rate was much higher than it is today. You aren't seeing more crime; you're seeing quicker and wider reporting of the crime that does happen because of the Internet...and it's no more complicated than that
Gary Englert August 15, 2012 at 08:28 PM
NJCOPINBLUE: Assuming your figure is true (and I'm not saying that it isn't), when was the last time the TOE of the WOPD stood at 92 sworn officers and what do a comparison of the UCRs (between then and now) show? So far as I know, we continue to field two officers per each of four zones per shift and that manning of the Patrol Division (the "bread and butter" of the force) remains unchanged...no?
Gary Englert August 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
NJCOPINBLUE: Assuming your figure is true (and I'm not saying that it isn't), when was the last time the TOE of the WOPD stood at 92 sworn officers and what does a comparison of the UCRs (between then and now) show? So far as I know, we continue to field two officers per each of four zones per shift and that manning of the Patrol Division (the "bread and butter" of the force) remains unchanged...no?
Tal August 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Most importantly, thank God no one was seriously injured physically. Hope they get these guys ASAP.

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