Man who robbed Middlesex bank may have struck at 4 others this month

The robbery may be connected to incidents at banks in Flemington, Bridgewater, Franklin and Bensalem, Pennsylvania this month. Watch video

Middlesex Borough police are looking for a man who robbed a bank in town who may have robbed four other banks this month.

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The man, described as a heavyset white male who was wearing sunglasses, a black knit cap and a black sweatshirt, robbed Unity Bank at 1230 Bound Brook Rd. in the borough on Thursday, Middlesex police said in a Facebook post.

Police were called to the bank at 3:43 p.m. and an employee told them that the robber passed a note demanding money to a teller, who then then handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The man then fled the bank on foot.

“The suspect is believed to be responsible for several other bank robberies in the area,” the Middlesex Police said.

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He strikes a close resemblance to a man who robbed a Northfield Bank branch on Main Street in Flemington Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. The man wore a long-sleeve blue hooded sweatshirt, knit cap and dark sunglasses.

A man with a similar description wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and knit cap also robbed the Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Bridgewater in neighboring Somerset County on Tuesday afternoon. 

SerialBankRobber2.jpgBank security photos of a man who robbed banks in Flemington, left, on Oct. 24, and Bridgewater on Oct. 23, right.

Somerset County detectives said this week that the Bridgewater bandit bears a resemblance to the man who robbed a Financial Resources Federal Credit Union branch in Franklin Township on Oct. 1.

In that robbery, a man entered the bank, located on Easton Avenue, around 9:30 a.m. and approached a teller and demanded money. The teller turned over cash and the man fled on foot.

He was wearing a blue shirt, a Chicago Cubs baseball cap and sunglasses, surveillance photos showed.

The FBI is involved in the Oct. 1 Franklin robbery, and their wanted poster connects that robbery with another one in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania that occurred on the same day. 

In the Pennsylvania incident, the man approached two tellers at the First Bank on Old Street Road and handed them a demand note, the FBI and Bensalem police said. However, this time, he came away empty handed as the teller refused to hand over any funds.

Bensalem Police said the man had a black car that may have been a Dodge Dart, and described him as 50 to 60 years old, heavyset and about 5 feet 5 inches tall.

He also wore a hat and sunglasses, and a sweatshirt.

The Pennsylvania robbery was captured on video and was made public by Bensalem Police.

Anyone with information on the Middlesex bank robbery is asked to contact Middlesex Police Detective Paul Steffanelli at 732-356-1900 ext. 311 or call the department’s anonymous tip line at 732-356-1900 ext. 847.

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