A thief who held up a Wells Fargo bank branch in Toms River shortly after it opened Thursday morning is on the run, with township police on the hunt.

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According to Police Chief Mitch Little, the suspect entered the branch on Route 37 at Vaughn Avenue at about 9:15 AM and absconded with the proceeds of two cash drawers.

Witnesses reported a massive response by township police, one estimating the number of officers at about 40.

The only description issued, so far, is of a short, thin, white male, clad in a grey sweatshirt and a hat. Little did not indicate whether he was armed, or claimed to be armed, nor did he indicate the number of employees and/or customers on site at the time.

This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.