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Merchant Assaulted in Cedar Lane Robbery

Liquor store robbed of cash Tuesday afternoon, authorities say.

Police are searching for the man who assaulted a local merchant and grabbed cash during a Tuesday afternoon robbery at on Cedar Lane.

The assailant entered the store through a backdoor, pushed the merchant down and fled on foot through a rear parking lot, police said. The victim was not injured and police were still working to determine exactly how much money was stolen.

Detective Lt. Andrew McGurr said the robber was described as a 28 to 32-year-old black male, 5-foot-8 with braided hair. No weapons were involved in the incident, reported shortly before 2 p.m.

No one else was in the store during the robbery, McGurr said.

Additional details were not immediately released as Teaneck detectives continued their investigation.

A county police K-9 unit and crime scene investigators from the sheriff’s office assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information can contact Teaneck Police at 201-837-2600


First published 3 p.m. and last updated 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Keith Kaplan July 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Seriously, you need the Teaneck Police, the County Police, AND the Bergen County Sheriff's office on the scene.....
JamesTS July 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Keith: Read up on this issue. It is all over news sites like Patch and Northjersey.com. THe County Exec Donovan wants to keep her County Police Dept. Did you know only the Sheriffs Dept is required by state law? Did you also know the Sheriff has Crime Scene Unit and K-9. Only point of County Police is the K-9 which can be provided by the Sheriff. I certainly question that other layer when the Sheriff can provide all services. Teaneck Police probably cannot afford a k-9.. they are very very expensive and probaby not cost effective for a town. More importantly to me - I certainly hope the council is aware of this issue. Lets not stiff the Teaneck Police Dept out of funding etc. We are not some perfect little town..the TPD are dealing with some big cases, so I read on here.
Keith Kaplan July 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I'm well aware - that was sarcasm. And the Teaneck Police Department is double the size it was 50 years ago while the population is roughly the same, so please tell us more about how much more funding they need.
Tim July 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
This is the reason the Bergen County Police Department should be absorbed by the Sheriff's Department
Art Vatsky July 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM
We live in a state of self-inflicted hardship. Bergen has 70 towns and about 70 police departments plus the County departments. Is it clear to the public what services are in each? Why not reserve certain crimes to the County (murder, white collar crime, computer hacking, swindling) and others to the local law enforcement authority (traffic accidents, theft, mischief, family distress). The main thing is to use law enforcement resources wisely and not duplicate some services while neglecting others.
shimon baum July 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Yeah I'm amazed they were all there who was left to give tickets?
Keith Kaplan July 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM
My only guess is that if they assemble the TPD, Bergen County Police and Sheriff's office in one place, there aren't that many other people left in Teaneck, so they can just find the perpetrators by process of elimination.
SJ July 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Interesting and a little upsetting to read the comments...Seems to me some folks in Teaneck only see this terrible incident as a way to soapbox where they stand politically.. What about concern for the merchant that was assaulted??.. Bergen County Police, Sheriff's office and Ms Donovan become the priority here.. Wonder what those commenting would be saying if they were attacked in the early afternoon while at work.. Within a 24 hour time frame, two young Teaneck men were robbed while playing basketball in Votee Park (where a discarded handgun was also found) and a Cedar Lane store was robbed in the middle of the day and the discussion is about politics... Guess I don't get it!!!!!!!!
Paul Ostrow July 11, 2012 at 09:21 PM
SJ.... Well said... I agree... Sadly, the police cannot be everywhere at all times. Cameras and video tape help deter & prevent these types of crimes and aid authorities in solving them. It is up to all of us to help law enforcement prevent crime during current problematic economic times and to support all efforts to apprehend perps.
shimon baum July 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Yes the merchant was unfortunately assaulted and I am glad he is all right. But my point since I cant speak for anyone else is this. How is it with all the police in this town plus county police plus sheriff's office these two crimes are allowed to occur. G-d forbid someone's car hasn't been moved by 8:01 AM when the sign says parking only till 8 AM the police are right there to give a ticket. Funny how when it comes to things like tickets which give the town money there are always police for that. But at the biggest park in the town and a store in the center of town crimes can be committed easily. We are all victims in this don't be fooled. So the police can't be everywhere but now we should have cameras everywhere yeah that is realistic.
Paul Ostrow July 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Shimon.. Parking regulations for the most part are solely (mostly) handled by parking enforcement agents, non sworn police officers. Most motor patrol, traffic dept. officers, supervisors and detectives are not writing tickets. They are busy responding to the 100,000+ calls for assistance each year, many life threatening including fires, illness and first aid calls, accidents and criminal activity. The parking enforcement staff focuses upon areas where parking infractions are prevalent or potentially problematic for vehicular passge and pedestrian movement. The parking laws and regulations in Teaneck are for the most part, valid and necessary for safety reasons. If you believe an area needs to change, add, eliminate or modify restrictions, please contact the council or municpal manager for evaluation.
Al July 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I don't mean to sound like a racist, because I'm not, but does anybody else realize that every time we read about a crime committed at a Teaneck business the perpetrator is either Black or Hispanic? Why is this the case? This is a very sad commentary on Teaneck as a community.
Jason Flynn July 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Al, I believe that is a highly inappropriate comment. There are various illegal and criminal acts taking place in Teaneck and Bergen County. Some are physical, others are ponzi schemes, financial and white color crimes. Others are sadly from the hands of sexual predators. I know of recent instances for which Hispanic, Black, Christian, Jewish and other groups in the area were found guilty or plead guilty to criminal activity. The crime was committed by an INDIVIDUAL - not a group or denomination or race. Why does everything have to be so political and divisive?
Art Vatsky July 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Al: Didn't we just have some white collar crime in Teaneck where the "perp" was an Jewish? When it comes to criminal activity in Teaneck we have all kinds. I think there was an Asian accused in a recent murder last year. About the liquor store owner, I know him. I am fortunate that I know some of our officers and they know me. They have to be ready for every situation every day. I and others have asked for foot patrols on Cedar Lane and other commercial areas so officers can see us and we can see them. Maybe the thought of an officer walking into the liquor store would have dissuaded the perp. There is a foot patrol in the Teaneck Public Library. Why not some on Teaneck Road, West Englewood and Cedar Lane? Also we have about 150 surveillance cams in our Teaneck public schools. Some OK, but 150 seems excessive to me.
NJP July 12, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Well said SJ....Teaneck and Bergen County are definitely not what they used to be 15 years ago...very sad.
Keith Kaplan July 12, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I think you need to re-evaluate, Al. you are indeed, a racist.
No name July 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The Teaneck police are worthless, the only good thing about Teaneck is the judge. Teaneck police only harass drivers and give out parking tickets. When is the last time they made a successful arrest of a criminal???? There was a theft at my home and the police did a minimal crime investigations and of corse the person was never caught!
Tony Parker September 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM
It should be understood that each agency has it's own specialty at the scene. The county police for whatever reason used their K-9 unit, althought the Sheriffs Dept. has a K-9 unit also, Teaneck police is at scene for the simple fact, it is Teaneck, and the Sheriffs Dept. has the Criminal Bureau on Investigation where evidence is processed scientifically among other processes.


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