Police: Jersey City woman uses hot coffee as a weapon to rob gas station of $360

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A Jersey City woman splashed hot coffee on a gas station employee in order to steal $360 from the mini-mart cash register, police said. 

Alicia Harris. Photo via Port Authority police.
Alicia Harris. Photo via Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Alicia Harris, 42, of Jersey City, was charged with first degree robbery, receiving stolen property and bail jumping, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 8:20 p.m. yesterday, Port Authority Police Officer Doug Jennings responded to a call regarding a robbery in progress at an Exxon gas station, located at the intersection of 14 Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City.

Upon arrival, Jennings saw the 56-year-old victim, a store employee, outside the station’s mini-mart and the suspect inside the store holding a coffee pot in her hand, officials said.

The victim told Jennings that the suspect had thrown hot coffee on him inside the store then removed cash from the register, authorities said.

The woman was ordered to put down the coffee pot, she complied and was subsequently arrested. Over $360.00 was recovered from Harris’ pants, police said.

Additionally, she was found to have a $2,000 warrant out of Jersey City and was remanded to Hudson County jail after processing, officials said.