Police recently arrested two Oak Ridge New Jersey residents who allegedly robbed a local bank.
Law enforcement received a report of a robbery at the PNC bank branch on Berkshire Valley Road in Oak Ridge, NJ. Oak Ridge is a community located in Jefferson Township, New Jersey.
Several different agencies responded to the robbery. The responding law enforcement agencies included the Jefferson Police Department, the Morris County SWAT Team, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the FBI.
Authorities said that an armed man walked into the bank during early morning hours and approached bank employees. The suspect allegedly demanded that the employees hand him cash.
Not long after the bank robbery, the Morris County SWAT team positioned itself near the intersection of Wildwood Road and Laurel Drive. Meanwhile, other law enforcement agencies investigated the theft and soon identified a 57-year-old man as the suspect. Police later found the suspect at his home in Oak Ridge NJ, where they placed him under arrest.
Investigators also identified a 44-year-old woman as an accomplice in the robbery. She was also arrested.
The arrests occurred just a few hours after the bank robbery.
Both suspects were charged with armed robbery. If they are convicted on the armed robbery charges, they will be subject to severe penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies robbery as a first degree criminal offense when the offender is armed with a deadly weapon. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspects were taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. One suspect is being held at the jail on a $250,000 bail amount, while the other suspect is being held on a $150,000 bail amount.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Oak Ridge Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested.”