Robbery Spree: Arrests Made
Hoboken Police Effect Three Arrests in Robbery Spree
Hoboken Police (HPD) have made an arrest of (3) individuals responsible for a recent string of robberies in Hoboken. The first robbery occurred on Monday November 9, 2009 at 9:50 P.M. a 29 year old male Hoboken resident was walking West on 7th Street and at 459 7th Street he was approached by (2) males who brandished a black handgun and proceeded to take a Coach wallet with numerous credit cards and ID of the victim; $15.00 cash and an Apple IPhone. The actors fled the scene on foot, and were later identified as: Travis P. Reilly of Edgewater, NJ, Age 18 and a male Juvenile Age 17 also of Edgewater, NJ. Both actors were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery; Possesion of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose on Thursday, November 12, 2009 after a police investigation.
The second robbery occurred on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 9:10 P.M. at 1122 Grand Street. A 44-year-old deliveryman from Pita Grill was approached by a male (also the same male Juvenile charged in the November 9th robbery, Age 17 of Edgewater, NJ) who brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and told the victim to place all his money on the ground or he would “kill him” as he pointed the gun at him. The juvenile took $200.00 cash and a Samsung cell phone from the victim and fled on foot. The juvenile was charged with another count of Armed Robbery; Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon For an Unlawful Purpose.
The third robbery occurred on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:42 P.M. at 800 Monroe Street. A 31 year old, Jersey City male victim was walking West on 8th Street and was approached by the male Juvenile, Age 17 of Edgewater, NJ and another male, John Patrick Prins, Age 25 of Hoboken, NJ who took $145.00 cash an a cell phone from the male victim. The victim stated the male Juvenile, Age 17 held a black handled, silver knife to his chest. Both actors fled on foot and the male Juvenile was apprehended by Officer’s Bernardo Munoz and John Cirillo after being pursued by the victim. The juvenile was in possession of the knife used in the robbery; $145.00 cash and a cell phone of the victim, who made a positive identification at the scene. The Juvenile was charged with Armed Robbery; Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon For an Unlawful Purpose. The other actor (John Patrick Prins, Age 25 of Edgewater, NJ) was apprehended by Officer’s Nicholas Burke and Vito Gigante, of the Anti-Crime Unit at in a hallway at 455 9th Street. Prins was charged with one count of Robbery. The victim also made a positive ID of Prins. The 17 year old Juvenile was incarcerated at the Hudson County Juvenile Detention Facility, and both Prins and Reilly were incarcerated at the Hudson County Adult Correctional Facility.
The police investigation was aided by video surveillance, according to detective Lieutenant Mark Competello, which included video footage of the November 9, 2009 robbery at 459 7th Street and subsequent video of two actors using a victim’s credit card on November 9, 2009 at a 14th Street convenience/gas station. A joint follow-up investigation headed by Sergeant Gino Jacobelli, of the Anti-Crime Unit and Detective Sergeant Edwin Pantoja, of the Detective Bureau resulted in the recovery of the handgun used in the robberies. The weapon used was a: Black 25 Caliber “Daisy Model # 38 Air Pellet Gun (a.k.a BB gun). Further investigation resulted in the handgun used being recovered in the bedroom of the 17 year old male Juvenile, after a consent to search was given by the actor’s parent. The 17-year old Juvenile and Travis Reilly will also be charged with Credit Card Theft, for using the victim’s credit card after the November 9th robbery.
The swift arrests of these (3) dangerous predators, and the recovery of the handgun used, were the result of “exemplar police work” of all involved, according to Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sr. “These three dangerous individuals were removed from the streets as a result of outstanding police work, and textbook investigative methods employed by all police personnel involved.”