TOMS RIVER — Police are looking for armed robbers who stole 27 rolls of electrical wire Wednesday afternoon from a Home Depot store on Route 9.

One of the robbers used bolt cutters to open the lock of the fence around the area where the rolls of 12/2 wire are stored.

He filled a shopping cart with wiring before pulling out a utility knife to threaten a store employee who approached him, police said.

Flier from Toms River police about the Home Depot robbery
Flier from Toms River police about the Home Depot robbery (Toms River police)

Who owns the getaway car?

Outside in the parking lot, a second man helped load the rolls into a white Chevrolet Impala and drove off.

The registered owner of the car, whose appearance does not match either of the suspects, told investigators that he had sold the car at a gas station in Delaware.

Police asked anyone with information about the theft to call 732-349-0150 ext. 1346.

What's so great about wiring?

The rolls of wire are attractive to thieves on two levels, according to law enforcement.

Copper can be sold for $380 a pound on the black market making one roll worth over $500.

The rolls, which are sold at retail for between $150-$180 each, can be purchased at half price on the black market by contractors and electricians.

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