Gunmen Try to Rob Cinnaminson Gas Station During Storm: Police

Cinnaminson Police are seeking the public's help in tracking down two suspects.

Cinnaminson Police say two men armed with handguns tried to rob the Shell gas station during Tuesday's snowstorm.
Cinnaminson Police say two men armed with handguns tried to rob the Shell gas station during Tuesday's snowstorm.

A pair of gunmen tried to rob the Shell station on Route 130 in the midst of Tuesday’s snowstorm, Cinnaminson Police said.

According to police, the attendant was inside the locked station office, across from the Acme shopping center, when two men approached and tried to open the door. One of the men asked the attendant to open the door and he refused. Both suspects then drew black handguns and the attendant called 911.

The suspects fled on foot toward Willow Drive. Police said no one was harmed and no money was stolen.

The gunmen are described as two black males, approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches, wearing all black, with full beards.

Anyone with information is urged to call Cinnaminson Police at 856-829-6667, ext. 2041, or submit a tip anonymously using the We Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Tuesday’s attempted robbery at the Shell station is the latest in a series of robberies at area gas stations. Earlier this month, three young men, including a Moorestown teen, were arrested for holding up an attendant at gunpoint at a Shell station in Maple Shade.

Last week, two men armed with handguns robbed an attendant at a Sunoco station in Maple Shade. Police are also investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Gulf gas station in Collingswood that occurred in November.

In perhaps the most violent of these incidents, a Woodbury man was killed in a robbery-homicide at a Route 45 gas station in August.

Susan Mazza Murnane January 22, 2014 at 02:48 PM
What is going on, did Cinnaminson suddenly become an attractive place to rob?
Rob Scott (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 03:12 PM
It's not just Cinnaminson, Susan. Crimes like this seem to be happening in a lot of communities as of late, unfortunately. One thing to remember though is that crime is often cyclical. So it might seem like we're seeing an uptick now, but then we could go a few months with virtually nothing.
Susan Mazza Murnane January 22, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Thanks Rob. That is what I meant, even though I said Cinnaminson; all the local communities seemed to be getting robbed, banks and gas stations. I know it is hard times but I do not think those that are committing these crimes are residents, at least not what you have updated us on. Several have been caught and all from out of town. I guess that is what concerns me. I just do not ever recall a time where there we so many lumped together.
JustALocalGuy January 22, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Right, because people from Cinnaminson don't commit crimes. What the heck difference does it make if they are from "out of town"? Do you plan to build a wall around Cinnaminson to keep out the "undesirables"? How would you know which ones to exclude? I bet I know how you would, and it has to do with demographics. Ten internet points to the person who can guess how Susan would decide who "belongs" here and who doesn't.
Susan Mazza Murnane January 22, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Not right. Dear JustALocalGuy: My comment had nothing do with who I think belongs or who does not. I did not spend a lot of time writing that comment so I guess the point I was trying to make was not clear, therefore left it open for you to draw up some conclusions of your own and make fun of me (very grown up of you). I will be sure to be more detailed in the future. The point I was trying to make was: Are we being perceived as a weak area because those arrested so far from the robberies from Maple Shade, Palmyra, Moorestown and Cinnaminson do not appear to be anyone from these nearby towns.
JustALocalGuy January 22, 2014 at 05:29 PM
More than likely, we are perceived as relatively wealthy. I think the police here do as good a job as they can. But the fact is, they can't be everywhere. So even with a decent size police force, crime is going to happen. Remember that the job of police isn't "crime prevention" or even to protect you from criminals. Their primary job is crime investigation. AFTER a crime takes place, they step in to capture the perpetrator. "Several have been caught and all from out of town. I guess that is what concerns me." So what's the point of that part of your comment? Why does it "concern you" that the crime is committed by people from out of town?
Susan Mazza Murnane January 22, 2014 at 05:36 PM
It concerns me because, are we being perceived as more vulnerable than other areas therefore being targeted.
Lori B Wood January 22, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Susan, I was thinking basically the same thing. Crime has been creeping up/down towards our community and the surrounding towns. I don't know what is happening in the world today that this is now considered commonplace and almost acceptable. I sound like my grandparents, but it is true. We are desensitized.
Susan Mazza Murnane January 22, 2014 at 05:51 PM
I am slowly and surely turning into my parents. And even scarier, proud of it. If only I knew that at sixteen, I would have saved them a lot of time and "lively" discussions.
John January 22, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Oh boy, sure glad no one brought up the riverline cause thats been mentioned before, they must have had a car down willow otherwise where did they go....No one is safe anymore...
Keith Stefanko January 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM
I hate to state the obvious and it's a little late now if they fled on foot in a snowstorm why did they not follow the footprints in the snow and catch the criminal just saying
dmkj January 23, 2014 at 08:54 AM
The footprints lead towards North Camden, follow Pundits sidewalk south and you'll find them......
agent itchy January 23, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Remember that the job of police isn't "crime prevention"... HELLO?! yes it is! a cops job is to protect and serve: to create and safer environment buy their presence. it isn't to wait for a crime and then investigate it. someone's been watching too much CSI
JustALocalGuy January 23, 2014 at 09:24 AM
When do you call the police? Before a crime happens? Then how do you know to call them?? You have to wait until a crime is happening, or has happened. But go ahead and hold onto that delusion that the cops are here to protect you. Only by extraordinary luck will police prevent anything from happening to you. Maybe once in a while a cop will witness a crime in progress, but that is more the exception. And did you also know, that by law, police are not obligated to protect any particular person? They can stand there and watch you get murdered and they are not required to lift a finger. There are numerous cases where people have tried to sue the police for failing to protect them and lost. That whole "protect and serve" thing is a huge myth that people have to get out of their heads. In some theoretical sense, they may incidentally prevent some amount of crime because they are visible, and criminals will avoid them. But that is the exception that proves the rule.
agent itchy January 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM
oy vay, i wasn't looking for a debate. i get that they don't fly in to save the day superman style, but when a cop is visible crime is less likely. become a victim and you'll get a report to hand into your insurance, but that's about it. to conclude, i'd rather have cops patrolling than sitting behind a desk.
JustALocalGuy January 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM
If you're not looking for a debate, don't contradict people.
Dan Reynolds January 23, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Is crime really worse or is just better reported to the public now? http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/07/gun-crime-drops-but-americans-think-its-worse/2139421/ Just food for thought, yes - these are not stats directly linked to Cinnaminson, however, how many other past crimes either were never seen in your news feeds? What is needed before a "crime is worse now" is a look at past crimes, not just assuming the whole place is going downhill because the stories are pushed to you.
Dan Reynolds January 23, 2014 at 07:03 PM
http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/new-jersey/cinnaminson-township.html#.UuGtAHn0C8U They look to be about the same they were 13 years ago.
JustALocalGuy January 23, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Patrick - My point was not that I'm always right. But you don't get to start a debate by contradicting someone, then scurry away, complaining that you don't want a debate. If you don't want a debate, don't start one. It's really that simple.
John January 23, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Lets not bury your head in the sand either ok, we have crime all over the place but we still have police watching construction zones....And its not just local it state police too so enjoy it
Dan Reynolds January 23, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Not sticking my head in the sand. But when people act like this some sudden siege I have to question it. As for police in construction zones, I often wonder about that myself. The manpower/time wasted/vehicle wear and tear/gasoline burned as a police vehicle idles all day long with its lights and A/C on... Does it prevent accidents? Is it really needed to control traffic flow?
JustALocalGuy January 23, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Even if the police in construction zones are being paid for by the construction company, they are unavailable for their usual duties during that time. So in this way, it represents an "opportunity cost".
agent itchy January 24, 2014 at 06:56 AM
before i stand before the community to publicly state that JustALocalGuy was correct, he stated, "Remember that the job of police isn't "crime prevention" or even to protect you from criminals. Their primary job is crime investigation". maybe i'm missing something, but it appears that crime prevention is, in fact, a job of police officers. here's what i found on another NJ police web site, "Of course, we in law enforcement bear the primary responsibility for crime prevention and interdiction, but our community can do its part as well". i really wasn't looking for a debate. just don't tell me cops aren't about crime prevention.
Lori B Wood January 24, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Dan, I agree with you. Many companies use their own flagmen. Why can't all of them? It will free up the monotonous job from our officers.


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