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Two Charged in August Jewelry Store Heist

Female employee allegedly punched to the ground during robbery

Two city men were scheduled to appear in federal court Monday on charges they robbed an Orange jewelry store in August.

Charles Madison, 41, Antonio Moore, 44 and an unnamed co-conspirator took part in the robbery Aug. 6 at the Golden Palace store, the US Attorney’s Office said. Moore and the co-conspirator allegedly entered the store, pulled stockings over their faces and forced employees to hand them the contents of the store’s display cases at gunpoint. During the course of the robbery, Moore allegedly punched a 22-year-old employee in the head for handing over the jewelry too slowly, knocking her to the ground.

The men then fled the scene in a pickup truck driven by Madison with $120,000 worth of merchandise. The vehicle was stopped by State Police in Newark shortly afterward and the three men were arrested.  Along with jewelry, stockings and gloves, troopers recovered two guns, including one with a high-capacity magazine, prosecutors said.

If convicted on the robbery charge, both men face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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