Trucking School Robbed

Trucking school robbed of $10,000 and manager tied up

The manager of a tractor-trailer driving school was tied to a chair after being forced at gunpoint to open the school’s safe where $10,000 in cash was stolen along with some personal checks.

Police are now looking for the armed robber described as a man in the 20s or 30s wearing sunglasses, Yankees baseball cap, black shirt and jeans.

Around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, police received a call about a robbery at the Smith & Solomon tractor-trailer driving school at 1701 Lower Road, according to police Lt. James Sarnicki.

Police said a secretary reported she found her boss the school manager, a 36-year-old man, tied to a chair in the office area.

When police arrived, the manager said he had been tied up for about 15 minutes. The manager said he was in the office alone when a man entered and pulled out a handgun and told him to open up the two office safes. The armed robber removed about $10,000 in cash along with personal checks.

The robber then tied the manager to a chair and fled on foot. Police said there may have been a vehicle nearby and police are unsure if the man had an accomplice. The manager was not injured.

Police said there was no video of the business. Although there were other people working in other parts of the school, the manager was alone and the only one who saw he robber.

The armed robbery is under investigation by detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Linden Police Department Detective Bureau at 908-474-8537.

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