A Keyport woman has been arrested on charges that she participated in a crime spree that involved stealing an engagement ring from an elderly woman and armed robbery of a pharmacy.
Alyssa M. Plath, 23, and Phillip W. Kellerman, 27, of Metuchen, were charged Wednesday with two counts of armed robbery, one count each of burglary and theft, and weapons violations.
Police allege that the pair were involved in the break-in of a Matawan home on Jan. 13, in which officers responded to an alarm activation at a borough home around noon. When they arrived, they found someone had tripped the alarm by forcing their way into the house.
No one was home at the time. Jewelry was taken in the burglary, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Then six days later, on Jan. 19, a 71-year-old woman called 911 to report that an individual had entered her Marlboro home with a knife. The woman was not hurt, but the intruder fled with an engagement ring.
The next day, Matawan police were called to the Matawan Pharmacy, where employees told them that a man covering his face had entered the store with a knife and demanded Xanax and money. After receiving the drugs and cash he fled, according to authorities.
A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Matawan Police Department and Marlboro Police Department determined that the vehicle used in the pharmacy robbery belonged to Plath. Police quickly located the vehicle, with Plath and Kellerman inside. Proceeds from all three thefts were also recovered, authorities said.
Bail for both was set at $615,000 with no 10 percent option. Neither had posted bail as of Saturday night.