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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. 

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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