An inmate hoping to reduce his prison time gave Port Authority police detectives the tip they needed to arrest three men in connection with the $20,000 strong-armed robbery of a Newark Airport restaurant , PAPD Supt. Michael Fedorko said today.
Corley, Amos, Bey (l. to r.)
“Today is just one example of the many success cases airport unit detectives have been responsible for during my tenure as superintendent,” Fedorko said, soon after his officers served charges against a man serving time for murder for his role in the heist.
“I commend their courage and the sacrifice that they make on a regular basis in order to send a clear message to criminals that they will be pursued relentlessly and that there are no soft targets at Newark Airport,” Fedorko said.
Detectives hit a wall investigating the June 2010 holdup, in which two masked men took the cash after beating, binding and gagging an employee in the management office of the Grain Station Restaurant at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A.Surveillance video (Inset: bound, gagged employee)
The manager tried to fight off the pair when they barged in, but he was bashed in the face and head with a wrench, then duct-taped on his hands, legs and mouth, Fedorko said. Afraid he’d be killed, he let the robbers in to the store’s safe, the superintendent said.
What detectives had going for them was a surveillance video in which one of the robbers removed his mask and all but looked directly into the camera.
Hoping to shake something loose, they distributed copies to area television stations.
It took a year before the inmate said he wanted to cut a deal, Fedorko said. The convict said he’d seen the video when it was first broadcast and knew the man whose face was shown.
Last week, Port Authority detectives tracked down that man, identified as Ibn Corley, 20, of Newark, on a city street.
“He gave up everything, and the pieces fell together quickly,” a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
A few hours later, the investigators picked up 24-year-old Jihad Bey of Newark – a restaurant employee who they said fed Corley and his accomplice a time line, floor plan information and the door key code.
Today, investigators brought charges against Taliv Amos, 20, of East Orange, a convicted drug dealer incarcerated at the Essex County Jail on murder charges following his arrest in April 2011.
Amos and Corley are charged with robbery, aggravated assault and weapons charges. Bey is charged with conspiracy and robbery.
The Grain Station has since closed, changed corporate owners, and reopened under another name.
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