The bank robbery went down around 9:15 a.m. at the Wells Fargo bank at 1700 Route 37 East in Toms River, NJ. The suspect allegedly walked into the bank, approached a bank teller, and demanded that the employee give him money from behind the counter.
The suspect reportedly stole two drawers filled with cash and then quickly ran out of the bank. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
State and federal authorities investigated the robbery, which included speaking with witnesses to the crime, obtaining video surveillance footage of the robbery in progress, and releasing a detailed description of the suspect through the media. Investigators eventually identified the suspect in the bank robbery: a 30-year-old man who lives in Toms River, New Jersey.
If the suspect is eventually apprehended, he would likely face criminal charges for second degree robbery. Since the suspect is not believed to have used a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or a knife, during the commission of the theft, he would probably not be charged with first degree armed robbery. That is an important distinction because a first degree felony conviction can result in a term of incarceration of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, while a second degree felony conviction is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars.
Although the suspect is still at large, a warrant has already been issued for his arrest. Authorities have reminded the public that the suspect is considered armed and dangerous, so anyone who encounters the suspect should avoid a confrontation and instead contact local law enforcement.
For further information, read the Asbury Park Press article, “Police: Man Robbed Toms River Wells Fargo.”
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