Rahway Man Get 10½ Years For Bank Robberies

RAHWAY—A Rahway man was sentenced to 10½ years in federal prison on Nov. 20, for committing 12 bank robberies throughout New Jersey.

U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas also ordered Robert Arndt, 39, to pay approximately $82,000 in restitution and to serve three years of supervision after completing of his prison term.


Arndt pleaded guilty before Judge Irenas on July 8 to a three-count Information that charged him with bank robbery.

At his plea hearing, Arndt admitted that during each of a dozen bank robberies he approached a teller and handed the teller a note that stated he had a gun and ordered the teller to put their money on the counter.

In pleading guilty to the three counts of bank robbery contained in the Information, Arndt admitted robbing the following banks:
• July 8, 2008, Sovereign Bank in Linden, of approximately $13,700;
• July 28, 2008, Columbia Savings Bank in Colonia, of approximately $9,361;
• Aug. 13, 2008, PNC Bank in Green Brook, of approximately $14,332.
As part of his guilty plea, Arndt also admitted to robbing the following additional banks:
• June 3, 2008, Lakeland Bank in Caldwell, of approximately $4,325;
• June 9, 2008, and again on August 29, 2008, Sovereign Bank in Parlin, of approximately $6,500 and $3,007, respectively;
• June 18, 2008, Sovereign Bank in East Brunswick, of approximately $7,150;
• July 2, 2008, Wachovia Bank in Middlesex, of approximately $2,145;
• Aug. 9, 2008, Provident Bank in Edison, of approximately $3,298;
• Aug. 23, 2008, Unity Bank in Highland Park, of approximately $6,100;
• Sept. 3, 2008, Sovereign Bank in Red Bank, of approximately $5,901;
• Sept. 9, 2008, Valley National Bank in Little Ferry, of approximately $6,700.

During an attempt to rob the Unity Bank in Middlesex on Sept. 16, 2008, Arndt was arrested by Special Agents with the FBI working with Woodbridge Police Department officers and investigators from Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Parole has been abolished in the federal system. Defendants who are given custodial terms must serve nearly all that time.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited the FBI’s Franklin Township agents, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, police departments of each of the affected municipalities and the Rahway Police Department, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

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