A man being held in the Tuesday robbery of an Avenel gas station may be the same robber who held up another Avenel gas station back in December.
Woodbridge police arrested Arthur Allen Montague, 27, of Avenel on suspicion of the armed robbery of the BP gas station on Route 1 South on January 15 at 8:13 pm.
Police said a white male wearing a black hoodie pulled down around his face appeared at the BP station and confronted the attendant while holding a knife on him. The robber demanded all the attendant's money, plus two cartons of cigarettes grabbed from a box on the floor.
The suspect, police said, grabbed a white cordless phone and fled in an apparent attempt to keep the gasoline station attendant from calling for help. The attendant wasn't injured in the robbery.
An immediate search of the area brought police to Montague's door, which was at City Motel on Route 1 where he resides, just down the road from the BP station he robbed. The cigarettes and money was found nearby.
A further investigation resulted in Montague being charged in the December 19, 2012 holdup of a Fuel One gas station, also located on Route 1 in Avenel.
Montague was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon, and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
He was transported to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility in North Brunwick, where he is being held on $40,000 bail with no 10 percent option.