Revised January 9, 2014
EDISON – On Tuesday, Edison police detectives arrested a suspect in a series bank of robberies across three counties, including three that occurred in Edison.
Steven Wisnowski, 30, of Barnegat, was being held at Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in North Brunswick on $750,000 bail Thursday. Additional charges were filed in Brick Township and Aberdeen Township, and remain pending in Toms River.
“In a tremendous cooperative effort, Police Departments from Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties joined forces to stop a brazen serial bank robber. The Ocean County Police Departments of Brick and Toms River are to be especially commended for their outstanding investigative efforts in identifying the alleged suspect before his desperate acts could lead to a possible tragedy,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato.
The investigation led by members of the Brick and Toms River Police Departments identified Wisnowski as the suspect in the bank robberies. The Aberdeen Police Department would later develop additional evidence to substantiate the suspect’s identity. Finally, members the Edison Police Department, with help from the Brick Police Department, would use that information to arrest Wisnowski as he allegedly perpetrated his final robbery.
At 2:30 p.m., on Jan. 7, Edison Police Detective Jeffrey Tierney observed Wisnowski’s vehicle, a 2003 silver colored Mitsubishi Eclipse, parked in a lot adjacent to the Fulton Bank on Oak Tree Road.
The Special Operation’s Group (S.O.G.), undercover detectives responded to the area in an attempt to locate the suspect and set up a perimeter. Shortly after, Detective Robert Duffy observed the suspect exit the Fulton Bank carrying a yellow envelope. Simultaneously, a hold up alarm was triggered by Fulton Bank employees to police headquarters advising that a robbery had just occurred.
The suspect began to flee on foot heading East on Oak Tree Road. Duffy chased him on foot, and the suspect was apprehended after a brief struggle with police in front of 1939 Oak Tree Road. No one was injured during the initial robbery or apprehension, police said. An undisclosed amount of money from the bank robbery as well as an imitation firearm was recovered at the scene.
Wisnowski is also accused of robbing the PNC Bank branch on Thornhall Street in Edison on Oct. 30, 2013 and the Columbia Bank branch on Talmadge Road in Edison on Nov. 27, 2013.
Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said, “I am extremely proud of the detectives and officers involved in this apprehension. Through their dedication and quick action, this potentially life threatening situation was brought to a safe conclusion, ending a three month robbery spree.”
The investigation of the bank robberies was conducted by Edison Police Detective Ray Powers, Detective James Burgess of the Brick Township Police Department and Detective Randy Petrick of the Toms River Police Department , according an Edison police department representative. The arrest was a cooperative effort between Brick Township, Toms River, Aberdeen Township, the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and the Edison Police Department, authorities said.
The charges against Wisnowski are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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