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In This Vineland Case, Crime Really Didn’t Pay

It’s not like two Millville residents set out to walk away with only $9 after allegedly robbing another woman. However, as seriously bad luck would have it, that’s exactly what happened. However, a short time later, they were walking into Cumberland County Jail.

After being stopped by police near South East Avenue and East Almond Street last week at around 1:45 p.m., Crystal Ayars, 32, and Rigo Santiago, 28, were arrested after knocking the woman off her feet and taking $9, police said.

Both suspects were charged with robbery; Santiago was held in jail on $100,000 bail while Ayars was held on $50,000 bail. She also allegedly had drug paraphernalia on her person at the time of the arrest and was also arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by Vineland Township.

New Jersey law is tough on theft of every kind. Robbery is robbery – whether the thief gets away with $9 or $9,000. One thing is certain, Ayars and Santiago are going to need experienced criminal lawyers who will work to keep them out of jail.

Depending on the severity of the charges levied by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, if found guilty of robbery, these two suspects face up to six months in the county jail.

If you or someone you love is facing theft charges or any other criminal charges, it’s critical that you hire a defense lawyer who will fight to protect your rights and your freedom. John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor; he knows how the other side thinks. He can put his experience and knowledge to work for you.

Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty about your South Jersey criminal charges. He has three conveniently located offices and offers free consultations, in person or via phone. He will also visit you in jail, when necessary. Call today.

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