Three Armed Robberies Strike Four This Week

The incidents occurred on Valley Road, Tremont Avenue, and John Street.


Four people were robbed at gunpoint in three separate instances since Saturday, according to the West Orange Police Department. 

A man and a woman in their mid-20s were walking on Valley Road at around 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday when two men carrying handguns walked up behind them. 

The man and woman were robbed of about $1,700 in cash and property, including $550 in cash, an Apple iPhone worth $600, and a purse and wallet valued at $400.

The two men with handguns were reportedly driving a black-colored Ford Crown Victoria. Both men were described as African American; one about 5-feet 9-inches tall, and 270 pounds; the other 6-feet tall and 230 pounds.

Another armed robbery was reported on Monday which police say possibly involved a shotgun.

A 60-year-old man parked his car in the front of his house on John Street. As he exited his car, a sliver- or gray-colored BMW pulled up next to him and two African American men in their 20s got out. One of the men brandished a handgun and the other held a larger firearm, probably a shotgun, according to police. 

One of the men struck the 60-year-old man in the head with the end of his gun, and then robbed him of his wallet, containing $800 in cash and various credit cards. The two men then sped away on Whittlesey Avenue. 

The other armed robbery occurred on Saturday evening but was not reported until Tuesday. 

A 44-year-old man said he was walking on Tremont Avenue near Freeman Place after stepping off a public bus. He was approached from behind by a light-skinned African-American man holding a handgun and wearing a mask covering his mouth. 

The man robbed the 44-year-old of $20 in cash, and then fled into the City of Orange. 

Tom G. September 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
All 3 of these robberies occurred near the Orange border. What happened to the partership between WOPD and Orange PD that was supposed to be taking place? Besides, these are only the robberies you hear about. There was an attempted robbery in the CVS parking lot on Eagle Rock Ave. Tuesday night. From what I heard a group of men asked a woman in the parking lot to see her purse and she ran. Luckily she got away and the perps fled.
Lisa September 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Please do not get discouraged. We have a wonderful town. As a lifelong resident who chose to remain, raise a family, send them to our public schools, I truly beleive in our town. While the reports have been troubling to say the least, the community as a whole is a great place to live. I have friends who live in Morris County and they tell me the same thing is happening in their towns as well. While not acceptable, i guess it is a sign of the times. Hopefully our police department will step up patrols in those areas and get the people responsible for these crimes.
Brett Kaiser September 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
What do ALL of these crimes have in common?
Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP September 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I have been in town for 36 years. I had a break-in within the first year we moved here and nothing since. We all need to help the police. If you see or hear something pick up the phone and call. They will be here within minutes. Leave your front porch light on all night. The little cost in electricity will go a long way. Jerry
Loren Svetvilas September 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
My family and I have been in town for just over 10-years, and the only crime we've dealt with was someone rifling through our unlocked car, and our out-of-control property taxes. We feel fortunate, and safe within West Orange. I hope you will, too!
Nancy aelaei September 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
This is a marvelous town. Incidents like this happen in all the suburbs surrounding West Orange. I wish the reporters on Patch would begin to stress all of the positive happenings in our town. This is a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. We did it and now our children are doing it. As an educator myself, I am just amazed at the top quality education they are receiving. Lets celebrate West Orange instead of knocking it!!
Francisco Ventura September 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Crazy makes me feel like if I wa living in Camden nj high taxes do what??
Tom September 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Oh I guess you think it is inappropriate to report ARMED robberies?? Are you an idiot?
Local Mom September 28, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Crime has gotten bad - I have been here ten years - cars been broken into twice, car stolen once and a man flashed my toddler son and nanny in the park...none of which took place on the Orange boarder. And this year both gas stations near my home were robbed at gun point... Something needs to be done!
Oscar Maldonado September 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
So we cut our police force only to see crime jump 20% and save nothing on taxes? Wtf
Brett Kaiser September 28, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Nice Post Nancy....WO Resident since 1960
MSS September 28, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Which park did they get flashed at?? I'd like to knows can avoid it.
SMFlatow September 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
We have a great police department, but staff cut-backs and attrition are undermining its effectiveness. I wonder what the mayor would say to increasing patrols?
Jaime P. Simon September 28, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I have lived in W.O since I was a teen; for over 15 years. I must share with all of you, this is a great town to live in; in fact I am raising my children here. However, our town has most certainly undergone drastic changes, especially on public safety. In fact, my family has been victimized; twice we had our cars broken into at the rear of our home, at detach-garage at the end of our driveway. There is no doubt that crime has been on the rise in WO; and we as residents are the most affected. We are increasingly reading more and more of incidents of crime in our town news; so much, that for the first time ever, I am considering moving away from here. While is true, that most of the crime perpetrated in WO is committed by non-residents, it nevertheless has a detrimental effect on our township. Personally, I have never heard of these many incidents of crime taking place; burglaries, armed robberies and even murdered here in WO in years past. The administration in city hall needs to refocus its priorities; something, anything, must be done to change course here. I sincerely do not wish to see our beautiful town become a terrible place.
William Kohn September 28, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Please stop with this head in the sand "West Orange is a wonderful place to live." The town has been going down the tubes ever since the so-called "reform minded - life long West Orange resident" John McKeon became mayor. He and his cronies on the Council left the township in far worse condition than they found it. And then after destroying our property values and twiddling his thumbs while our spendthrift Board of Education destroyed our once proud school system, the "life long resident" hightailed it with his family to Roseland -- following anothere "committed" West Oranger -- his mentor Codey. How long before Parisi skips town.
Lisa September 28, 2012 at 03:01 PM
William, Nobody has their head in the sand. If you are so unhappy here, then move. It serves no purpose to spew nonsene, especially incorrect nonsense.
Lisa September 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Funny I don't see your name on the ballot for the upcoming Board of Ed election. If you could do so much better, then how come you don't run?
SMFlatow September 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
How about running for mayor?
MSS September 28, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Tom I believe Nancy has a valid point. Why don't you check out other town Patches and compare it to the Star Ledger local crime report. You won't see that many crime incidences listed on their site. You will only see feel good local stories. Now I am not saying the West Orange Patch should not report crime, but it seems like that is the majority of what they report. They even recap it for us at the end of the week. You will get a spattering here and there of some local events but not nearly as many as are actually happening. For instance, when was the last time we saw a picture of an event at the library? P.S. Name calling is never appropriate.
Tom G. September 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Let's get a grip people. You can move all you want, but do you really think any town is immune from crime? How do you think the people in Wayne felt all summer while homes were getting broken into on a daily basis for 3 months? Do you think they all picked up and moved out of Wayne?
Tom September 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM
MSS an LIsa I dont care how other towns are reported on. I care about the town I live in. Armed robbery is OUT OF CONTROL in West Orange and I want reported. Not swept under the rug! I think you suggesting other people tolerate the outrageous crimes or move is disgusting. Shame on you
john anthony prignano September 29, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Tom Great comments.Many of the people in town telling everyone how incredibly wonderful every single thing about West Orange is are looking for jobs. I know many, many people who have done this. And I can't think of one who didn't eventually get a government job.THEN,they clear out pronto.The future of West Orange is more or less irrelevant to this current crop. Like their predecessors,they don't plan on being here.People like Richard Codey, who also believes in the Groucho Marx philosophy ;"I would never join any club that would have me as a member", espouse a different point of view; "I absolutely adore everything about West Orange....so I moved. In other words, Love it AND.leave it.The shameless cheerleaders will tell you how great the schools are,but 60% of the professional staff live elsewhere,and public school teachers put their children in private schools at a 2 to 1 ratio to the general public.Senator Codey's wife teaches in the West Orange public schools.While the Codeys were still residents of West Orange, both of their sons attended and graduated Montclair Kimberly.Only one teacher my kids had lived in town.Her son went to Seton Hall Prep. Again, refer back to the Groucho Marx comment. How many town employees who were born and raised in West Orange still live here? You're right about crime too.SO WHAT if it's "going on all over".These are words of resignation and capitulation.The first step toward finding solutions is recognizing and accepting what is true.
MSS October 01, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Why are Tom's illiterate rants filled with vulgarity not deleted and mine are?
Gary Englert October 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
William Kohn Nonsense is nonsense and misinfirmation is misinformation. Not only did John McKeon serve the community honorably and well, he, his wife and children (when not away at college) continue to live on Tornillo Road.
Lisa October 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
John, Then where are the solutions? I am waiting. I am not resigned to anything, but you have proposed no solutions, just rhetoric.
Lisa October 01, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Go figure MSS. Seems like someone on the Patch wants to promulgate negativity. Did you notice how little the write-up was on the town picnic or the Jazz Fest last weekend?
john anthony prignano October 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Lisa Why do you believe my comments were directed towards you ?
Tom October 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
There you go again (MSS and Lisa) ...trying to cover up... Comparing the ARMED ROBBERIES to a picnic and Jazz fest... Wow!
MSS October 05, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Tom, you're lack reading comprehension is amazing. What school system are you a product of, because they failed you. Lisa is comparing the jazz fest to the patch coverage. There is little effort put into this website. It is basically a regurgitation of a police blotter. I am almost finished with this site. I don't know how much I will be visiting in the future.
Tom October 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
MSS, You dont have to be as highly educated as yourself to read between the lines...


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something