Police in Garfield NJ are looking for a man who allegedly committed a bank robbery.
According to Bergen County law enforcement, the bank robbery went down just after 5:00 p.m. The suspect reportedly walked into the main building of the Clifton Savings Bank, which is located along Palisade Avenue.
Once the suspect was inside the bank, he reportedly approached a bank teller and waved to get the worker’s attention. He then allegedly handed the employee a note that demanded an unspecified amount of money.
Shortly after the bank teller handed over $3,250 in cash, the suspect allegedly ran out of the building and tried to flee the Garfield area on foot.
Several law enforcement agencies, including the Garfield Police Department, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), are conducting a joint investigation into the bank robbery.
Authorities recently released a description of the suspect in the hopes that members of the public may be able to assist with the investigation. The robbery suspect is described as a man in his 30s who stands 5-feet-8-inches tall. At the time of the bank robbery, the suspect was reportedly wearing a white t-shirt and dark-colored pants.
If police can eventually identify and capture the bank robbery suspect, he would probably face criminal charges for robbery and theft of movable property. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who commits a theft while also threatening someone else can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree robbery charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone who has information about the suspect or the theft incident should contact Garfield New Jersey detectives at 973-478-8500.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “FBI Looking for Man Who Robbed Garfield Bank of $3,250.”