STATE – The FBI released new photos of a man they believe is responsible for seven recent bank robberies in northern and central New Jersey, including one in Woodbridge.
Security cameras captured the photos as the suspect approached a PNC bank branch on Broad Street in Bloomfield on Aug. 9, according to the FBI. Law enforcement officials believe the photos were taken before the man covered his face with a stocking mask that has been used in other robberies.
The suspect in the new photos appears to be wearing the same clothing that is seen in photos from the Bloomfield PNC and other robberies, according to FBI Special Agent Bryan Travers.
Authorities described the suspect as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a black stocking mask and white baseball cap, white shirt, white t-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. The suspect has carried a black revolver and white plastic bag into each bank during the string of robberies.
The most recent robbery attempt took place blocks from the Wachovia branch that officials believe was the first to be targeted. The suspect is linked to robberies in Boonton, Montville, Paramus, West Orange, Whitehouse and Woodbridge, according to the FBI.
The Woodbridge robbery took place last Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 3:20 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank branch on Rahway Avenue.
According to Travers, the suspect – and many other bank robbers – appear to prefer targeting banks that lack a “Bandit Barrier.” The thick, clear bullet-proof walls separate the teller counter from the customer area in some banks.
The FBI says that victims and witnesses of a bank robbery should immediately call 911. Anyone wishing to provide tips can reach the FBI at 1-973-792-3000.
To view additional photographs of the suspect in these or other bank robberies, visit http://bandittrackernortheast.com/