NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two snowplow operators said they were robbed at gunpoint while clearing out snow in a Newark housing project.

Adir Aires told The Star-Ledger of Newark that he and John Ribero were held up by three young men around midnight Sunday, the height of a storm that dropped more than two feet of snow in the area.

He said their plow was stuck at the time of the robbery and that they walked away to Aires’ home a few blocks away after the robbery.

Aires said they found two police officers also stuck in the snow and gave the officers a ride to their station before giving a statement about the alleged crime.

Aires’ wallet was later found — but his cash was gone.

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