Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Atlantic City Man Convicted of Armed Robbery of Convenience Store

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man has been convicted of the armed robbery of a convenience store one year ago, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, an Atlantic County Jury convicted Matthew Bumpers, 24, of the armed robbery of the 24/7 Food Mart located on the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City.
On the evening of Feb. 12, 2013, Bumpers and an unidentified accomplice entered the Food Mart, assaulted the cashier and demanded money while holding him at gunpoint. The defendants then robbed the store, stealing approximately $200 in cash, cigarettes and a cell phone. The defendants broke the store landline to prevent the victim from notifying police before fleeing the scene.

The victim’s co-worker, who was at the company’s neighboring store one block away, witnessed the robbery taking place on the joint-surveillance system and responded to the scene. The co-worker chased the assailants as they fled the store until they split ways. He continued to pursue Bumpers until he boarded a Jitney. The man followed the Jitney in his car and notified 911 of the robbery.
An Atlantic City Police officer on patrol observed Bumpers exit the jitney while being pursued by the witness. The witness flagged down the officer, who after a brief pursuit, located Bumpers hiding under a deck and apprehended him. Bumpers’ accomplice was never found or identified.
During a three-day-long trial, the State, represented by Assistant Prosecutor Emily Bell, called both cashiers and several police officers to testify. Bell also presented the jury with video surveillance from inside the Food Mart, which corroborated the victim’s testimony.
After only 30 minutes of deliberation, the jury convicted Bumpers of first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
Bumpers will be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Albert Garafolo on Mar. 21, 2014.
He faces between 10- 20 years in New Jersey State prison for the most serious offense.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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