A Philadelphia man has been convicted of robbing an AT&T store in Ocean Township at gunpoint, authorities said.
Anthony Clark, 42, was found guilty of his crimes Thursday by a jury in state Superior Court in Freehold, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said Friday.
After a five-week trial, Clark was convicted on charges of first-degree armed robbery, third-degree criminal restraint, second-degree handgun possession for an unlawful purpose, second-degree theft of movable property, and third-degree receiving stolen property, Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement.
Due to his previous criminal record, Clark faces a sentence of up to life in state prison when he is sentenced before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor — which is scheduled for April 3, Gramiccioni said.
At trial, evidence was presented that on Sept. 6, 2016, Clark and four co-conspirators traveled from Philadelphia to Ocean Township in a stolen motor vehicle with plans to rob the store on Route 35, the prosecutor said.
Clark, posing as a customer, entered the store first and interacted with an employee under the guise he wanted to purchase a mobile phone, the prosecutor said.
Three of Clark's accomplices entered the store and forced the two store employees present — at gunpoint — into an inventory room in the back of the building. The employees were then forced to their knees, and their hands and feet were bound with zip ties, authorities said.
Meanwhile, Clark kept a lookout at the front of the store while communicating with a fourth co-conspirator, who was parked across the highway in their stolen vehicle, authorities said.
Clark then filled several laundry bags with store merchandise, which were eventually loaded into the stolen motor vehicle. In total, Clark and his co-conspirators made off with over $130,000 worth of store merchandise, all according to the prosecutor.
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