ROSELLE – Police arrested an unemployed Linden man who allegedly took a cab to rob the Roselle Savings Bank Monday, authorities said.
Michael Restaino, Jr., 36, hailed a cab and told the driver to stop at the bank on the way to his Elizabeth destination, police said. When he arrived at the bank, Restaino went in and showed the teller a note, police said.
“He basically said this is a hold up, give me the money and no one will get hurt. It was on the note,” said Roselle police Captain Gary Riccardelli. “He didn’t say anything.”
Restaino returned to the cab and continued on his way with the driver apparently unaware that the bank had been robbed, police said. Employees at the bank reported the robbery and described both the man and the cab.
Police spotted the vehicle on East First Avenue and arrested Restaino. He was found with $2,381 in his front pants pocket, along with the holdup note, police said.
Restaino has been charged with second degree robbery, which could carry a 10 to 20-year jail term.
Police said no one was hurt in the crime.
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