For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017
Contact: Bernie Weisenfeld-PIO-GCPO
Re.: Sentencing on armed robberies
Matthew S. Powers (DOB 3/21/89), of Pennsville NJ was sentenced Friday (12/14) to seven years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to committing armed robberies of service stations in West Deptford and Woolwich townships within a week in December 2016.
The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker Jr. upon the recommendation of Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Steven Salvati.
In the 12/21/16 robbery of a Citgo station in West Deptford, cash was taken after the attendant was threatened with a pair of scissors. On 12/27/16, a knife was used to force an attendant to turn over cash.
Powers was subsequently arrested in connection with two other robberies of service stations in Salem County, to which he also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.