Basking Ridge man admits to crime spree
SUPERIOR COURT – On Monday, 21-year-old Hardwick Stires admitted to a three-day, two-county crime spree during which he robbed 3 Sussex County businesses and one Morris County business. The robbery case happened back in December 2014.
He was summoned to state Superior Court in Newton where he pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree armed robbery. Under the plea deal, all other charges were dismissed by the judge, which included:
- Motor vehicle offenses
- Three counts of possession of an imitation firearm
- Two counts of third-degree theft
- One count of third-degree making terroristic threats
- One count of fourth-degree theft
Stires accepted that on 1st of December, he entered Roserne Liquors in Kinnelon and the Delta Gas Station in Wantage with the intention of robbery. He also accepted that he was involved in the robbery case of the Plains Pharmacy in Franklin that happened on 2nd Dec. On 3rd of December, the last robbery happened in Quick Chek in Hampton.
He possessed a revolver with a six-inch barrel which he took with him in each case with the purpose of scaring the employees. He asked for money in each case and escaped after getting it.
According to him, he took $500 or $600 from Roserne Liquors and less than the amount of $500 from the Delta Gas Station. He didn’t remember the amount he got from the other two businesses.
On 3rd of February, 19-year-old Cassandra Post pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and 21-year-old Robert Colomban Jr. pleaded no contest to the third-degree conspiracy to commit theft charge.
Both are summoned to court in the month of July.
Stires is summoned to court on 12th of August. The sentence of serving 11 years of in New Jersey state prison is recommended by the State. It is said that he will become eligible for parole after serving more than half of his sentence.
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