A New Jersey man was sentenced this week to 13 years in state prison after being convicted earlier this year of robbing a veterinary office and a supermarket in Burlington County in 2019, authorities said.
Craig Greene, 49, of Maple Shade was convicted in September of robbery, theft by illegal taking and multiple drug and gun offenses, according to a statement from the Burlington County District Attorney’s Office.
Police were called to the VCA Maple Shade Animal Hospital on East Main Street in Maple Shade on June 5, 2019 over a report of an armed robbery that had just taken place, the prosecutor’s office said. Police learned that the thief entered the front door, approached the receptionist’s office, held up a butcher’s knife and said, “Give me the money. “
The man, later identified as Greene, then leaned over and opened the payment drawer, removed the tray and left the office with $ 162 as he fled into a residential area, the people said. investigators. A nearby school and daycare were notified and ordered to take shelter in place while police searched Greene in the area.
About four hours later, police were called to Acme Market on West Main Street with a report of a man who reached a counter and took $ 471 from a cash register before fleeing, the office said. No knives were exposed during the theft, but authorities said a review of surveillance camera recordings led police to identify Greene as the thief.
He was arrested later that day as he approached his home, officials said.
“It was a very frightening encounter for those who have come across this accused,” Burlington County District Attorney Scott Coffina said in a statement. “Fortunately, no one was injured and very solid police work led to a speedy arrest.”
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