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Police Make Arrest in Bevacqua's Deli Armed Robbery

The 35 year-old Middletown man accused of the crime is also facing armed robbery charges in Staten Island, as well as drug possession charges.

Middletown Police have arrested a township man they believe is responsible for the armed robbery of Bevacqua's Deli.

Michael Crupi, 35, from Linden Avenue in Middletown was charged with the March 25 crime on Wednesday.

Det. Laurence Schachtel of the Middletown Police Department led the investigation linking Crupi to the robbery, in which Crupi reportedly pointed a gun at the owner, Peter Patel, demanded cash of his Patel's wife at the register, and took off with $500, according to police. 

Schachtel was contacted by New York City Police Detectives assigned to the 123rd Precinct who had seen a suspect flier the detective had sent.

Crupi fit the description of a suspect who committed two armed robberies in Staten Island, one of a Game Stop Store and the other of a bakery, according to Middletown Police.  

Det. Schachtel and the New York City Police detectives worked together and linked Crupi to the two robberies in Staten Island, said Det. Lt. Stephen Dollinger. 

Det. Schachtel charged Crupi with robbery, theft, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

He was also charged with possession of heroin, unlawful possession of suboxone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe which was found in his possession when he was arrested at his home, police said.

Police also seized proceeds from the Staten Island robberies as well as the Chevy Malibu he allegedly drove to commit the robberies. 

Crupi was also charged with two counts of armed robbery in New York City, according to Middletown Police. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $355,000 bail set by Judge John Mullaney of the Monmouth County Superior Court.  

On April 11, Crupi was arrested by Det. Laurence Schachtel on charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was indicted for possession of heroin with intent to distribute in Tinton Falls .

Hz1973 April 22, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Nice job!! Hoping this is the guy and I'm also hoping he's connected to some of the other robberies in the area, so we can all rest a little easier in Middletown. Thank you!!
Mary Dressler April 22, 2013 at 08:59 PM
And all the other comments said they have to be Keansburg. Shame on you all.
rch April 22, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Wonder what happened with the indictment a year ago?
MY town April 22, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Linden ave is in East Keansburg No difference
Shoregal April 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Agreed! Seeing as he held up a Game Stop on SI, I wonder if he may be the guy who held up the Holmdel store?
Maureen April 23, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Good work officers!
Mattytas April 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Well done police, I hope these clowns get shanked in jail.
Hz1973 April 23, 2013 at 04:09 PM
People like to blame Keansburg residents for everything. If you were to actually read policy blotters you would see that very frequently it's people from outside of the town that cause a large percent of the problems in that town. I'm not saying it's without it's problems, but we need to not place blame and judgment so quickly. East Keansburg is not a town any more and Linden Ave is in N. Middletown.
Joe Cool April 23, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Alot of the people who live in the Burg have moved there from other cruddy towns and they never change their mailing address, so it may appear they are from out of town....but they are burgers...garbage in, garbage out
bayshore bill April 24, 2013 at 01:55 AM
why was this story deli robbery not on the main patch and kept low they caught someone
NJarhead April 24, 2013 at 11:12 AM
"Cocaine is a helluva drug!" - Ric James.
Mr. Miyagi May 20, 2013 at 03:11 AM
I know him. He's from Staten Island and has always been nuts

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