Driver with robbery tools and guns chased, caught in Rockland County
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New Jersey police are asking for the help of Rockland County residents in tracing the steps of a man they believe might have committed multiple crimes in the region.
Palisades Interstate Parkway police pulled over a 2010 BMW with tinted windows Tuesday morning on the parkway after it crossed over the state line from Rockland County. The driver, Jeorge L. Sosa, 29, of New York City, fled after cops noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car, police said.
He drove onto local roads, eventually abandoning the car and taking off on foot, police said.
Police caught him in the woods north of the Esplanade, a retirement community in Palisades, Rockland County.
Officers from the Bergen County Sheriff's Department, assisted by K-9 units, found a loaded .40 caliber handgun and a loaded .22 caliber handgun that police said Sosa dropped during the foot chase.
The guns were stolen in Pennsylvania sometime in 1997, police said.
More troubling, police said, they found ski masks, duct tape and flexible handcuffs in the trunk of Sosa's car when they searched it.
Police fear he may have used the items in robberies in which he tied up victims. They are asking anyone from Rockland County who might have been the victim of such a crime to call the Bergen County Sheriff's Department at 201-768-6001.
Sosa was not charged in connection with any robbery.
Sosa was charged with 12 crimes, including illegal possession of weapons and hindering arrest. He was sent to the Bergen County Jail on $195,000 bail.