Band of armed thieves tie up employees at scrap metal yard; 1 suspect still at large

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ELIZABETH, N.J. (PIX11) — Police continued to look for a robbery suspect Friday night, hours after a band of thieves held up a scrap metal yard.

Four of the suspects were taken into custody Friday afternoon on North Avenue in Elizabeth. A fifth is still on the run.

The men, heavily armed, entered Bayway Scrap Metals early Friday afternoon, according to owner Carol Navarro.

The men tied up Navarro, her husband, employees and customers and demanded cash.

Band of armed thieves tie up employees at scrap metal yard; 1 suspect still at large

One of the suspects is still at large.

Navarro said they took $20,000 but demanded more and threatened to kill them.

“They saw the catalytic converters and said what are they worth? I said about 250 thousand dollars. And they told me, today is your lucky day,” Navarro said.

The men fled in a U-Haul truck and a customer’s pick-up truck that Navarro said they stole. Elizabeth police caught up with the U-Haul and there was a violent confrontation on North Avenue.

Officials said the suspects fired at police but no one was injured.

The pick-up truck was found later on Clarkson Avenue in Elizabeth.