New Brunswick Man Charged With 5 Bank Robberies

NEWARK – A New Brunswick man has been arrested in connection with five bank robberies, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Wednesday.

Peter Greer, 38,  is charged by complaint with five counts of bank robbery. He made his first court appearance on March 13 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint, Greer allegedly robbed three banks in Essex County, one bank in Passaic County and attempted to rob one bank in Essex County. Greer allegedly used a similar procedure for all robberies: After entering the bank and approaching the teller window, he would allegedly hand the victim teller a note that claimed he had a gun and demanded money.

The banks Greer is charged with robbing are:

  • Sept. 27, 2012, Valley National Bank, Newark;
  • Oct. 31, 2012, Greer attempted to rob Sovereign Bank, Newark;
  • Nov. 6, 2012, Valley National Bank, Belleville;
  • Dec. 8, 2012, Valley National Bank, Passaic;
  • Feb. 23, 2013, Valley National Bank Belleville.

If convicted on the bank robbery charges, Greer faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, for each count with which he is charged.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez, with the investigation leading to charges. He also thanked N.J. State Parole Board, the Newark Police Department, the Passaic Police Department and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department for their contributions to the case.The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle M. Corcione of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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