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UPDATE: Two Toms River Banks Are Robbed Friday Night

Police search for man who fled on foot

Toms River police responded to the TD Bank branch at 10 Mule Road for a report a report of a robbery late Friday afternoon – then, shortly after, another robbery occurred at the Santander bank branch on Route 37.

According to Chief Mitch Little, officers went to the TD Bank at 4:36 p.m., responding to a call that a man gave a note to a teller demanding money, then fled on foot. It was unknown how much money the man got the away with.

The suspect in the robbery is being described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a green jacket with his hood up, as well as a wool hat and sunglasses.

Then, At 6:30 p.m., police were called to the Santander branch at 190 Route 37 East for a report of a separate robbery.

Police Chief Mitch Little said he does not yet know if the two robberies are related.

Details will be posted as they become available.
Frank Schapitl January 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Yeah remember those guards in the banks Kinda like the Barney Fief type but cops nonetheless.
suz January 25, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Not so sure where to place the blame for all the bank robberies. The economy is in the tank plus the heroin and prescription drug problem just makes people do stupid things. Not saying its okay, just saying TR is going down the tubes real fast. Saddest part is that TD branch is my bank. I, however, always use the drive thru. Safer? No so sure.
grace January 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM
hey @ suz it really is terrible what has happened to toms river but by now we should all realize its not what it used to be..the criminal element has settled in . probably due to many factors. police letting certain people get away with things..aka ritacco scandal and his friend sherriff mastro..the jewish pop in lakewood sending gangs/thugs what have you to our area the heroin drug problems..the economy before sandy was bad and now is even worse.. its hard to make a living in toms river unless you are employed by the school the police or a govt job.
grace January 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM
omg @ daniel nee might just have a sense of humor after all....lol
suz January 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Oh so true Grace...oh so true.
bayway mike January 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Robbers don't even need guns anymore!! Just hand the teller a note demanding the cash!! Hopefully the note was spelled correctly!!
Thomas A. Mathis January 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Armed guards in banks are actually less safe for the occupants of the bank. Bank personnel are encouraged to give money to hold up person while trying to get the person out of the building as fast as possible. The object for both police and banks is to reduce the risk of a hostage situation. The proceeds of bank holdups are usually not very high and the perpetrators are normally caught in time.
grace January 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM
wonder what maruca has to add to this debate???
bayway mike January 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM
@grace, I'm waiting also..
ThudNJ January 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM
maruca has become the court jester of Patch.
Mac January 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM
perhaps maruca was overwhelmed by the challenge he was offered when a dozen tomato pies were delivered to his home last night and has gone out for a manicure - after all, being the gentleman that he is, he doesn't want anything to pop unexpectedly when he steps up to the mound to take on the mayor's offer for the ultimate sweater puppy squeeze championship honors
Martin January 25, 2014 at 01:18 PM
The cops let Ritacco get away with crime, so thugs decided moved here, Grace? Really???? Lakewood Jews are sending thugs here, Grace? Really???? Get a grip on reality, Grace! The only truth in your rant is the drug problem, and that's your neighbors -- 20-somethings everywhere in the nation. 90% of burglaries are done to support a drug habit. The cops can't be everywhere, especially with the manpower shortage perpetrated by the TR mayor and council, so we have to form Neighborhood Watches and call in reports of suspicious people and vehicles. Maybe then, with more eyes and ears tuned in to activities on every residential block, more local criminals will try to rob banks and stores -- instead of our homes.
suz January 25, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Martin, I have to wonder if Grace could be correct. Lakewood is becoming more and more like the Gaza Strip and it is possible that the thugs are moving out to this area. Hey, lets face it...they certainly have the cliental to buy their drugs and guns plus the affordable housing that TR is building, the more desirable TR is becoming.
grace January 25, 2014 at 06:20 PM
lol@mac!!!!
BellaRox January 25, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Toms River....The "New" Newark.
jerseytomato January 26, 2014 at 06:49 AM
Suz - the blame for bank robberies goes to the person who does the robbing. The onus rests squarely upon them, and only them.
Bob January 26, 2014 at 09:58 AM
If schools can machines to detect when a gun enters it. Why can't banks? Then the tellers won't have to hand over the cash. Who wouldn't want to enter a bank and just hand in a note and get money.
Thomas A. Mathis January 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Bob, essentially what you are talking about are metal detectors and due to pocket & purse items the machines would be going off all the time at all these banks scattered all over the county. Besides there are weapons used in bank holdups other than guns. The one thing that might help keep tellers safe are those very thick clear plastic windows separating the tellers from the customers.
Av January 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM
We have no safe at Riggers here, we be friendly here yo
grace January 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM
maybe put the alarm buttons by the tellers feet?
grace January 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM
i would think with so much new technology there would def be a way to get a pic of the perp and get an alarm out immediately to the police..idk by the vaults safe dep boxes and desks and so on
grace January 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM
@ av wheres that milk jug of yours?? lol
bayway mike January 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Maruca must be on vacation somewhere...
Mac January 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM
grace, the use of too much new technology would scare customers away with good reason - money stolen from banks from robberies of this nature is chump change - not worth the price of the camera - besides, it would put a big dent in the political diversion actions of the local sandfleas covering up their bacon grease stains and Bic recovery welfare needs
Thomas A. Mathis January 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I agree with Mac about the money not being the issue. The issue is more employee and customer safety. The FBI is involved with all bank robberies and their budget to pay informants is often more than what was taken in the robbery. That being said....banking institutions are often penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to bank branch security. That is why before digital you used to see such bad bank holdup security photos.
Paul E Taylor Jr January 27, 2014 at 07:27 AM
The more people move down to the shore the more robberies there are. Add to that the crappy economy, drug problems etc & you have people either needing cash for a fix or to feed their families
George Johnson January 27, 2014 at 08:40 AM
banks are for old people that don't use online banking
suz January 27, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Let me know how you feel about online after your account was compromised. Oh, and I am not old.
ThudNJ January 27, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Does that make George a bigot because he disrespects seniors?
suz January 27, 2014 at 07:49 PM
ThudNJ...good one :)

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