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Police: Fake taxi driver robs rider in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - Police in Warren County, N.J., say a man posing as a taxi driver robbed his passenger at the end of the early-morning ride.

Hackettstown police were initially dispatched to the Quick Chek at 146 Mountain Ave. about 2:45 a.m. Thursday to investigate a theft complaint. When officers arrived, they learned the victim was allegedly robbed at gunpoint, according to a news release.

The victim reported being at a restaurant in Dover, Morris County, and in need of a ride to Hackettstown. He was reportedly approached by an older man, who portrayed himself as a taxi driver and offered the victim a ride.

Once in town, the driver allegedly pulled over near the Quick Chek, pulled out a handgun and demanded money, according to police. The victim handed over his money and got out of the car.

The victim described the driver as tall and thin with wrinkled skin on his face, wearing a black coat and possibly Hispanic. The vehicle was silver, described possibly as a Ford Crown Victoria or a Mercury Grand Marquis without a company logo.

Anyone with any information or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of the Quick Chek during the time of the robbery is asked to contact the Hackettstown Police Department at 908-852-3302 or text TIP HACKPD followed by your message to 888-777.

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