Toms River ATM robbery shore’s second in as many days
One day after an ATM customer was robbed while withdrawing cash at a Bank of America branch in Wall Township, another holdup takes place at the machine outside a branch in Toms River.
Unlike the Wall Township incident, the 68-year-old victim in Toms River told police that no weapon was displayed. Also unlike the Wall episode, which took place after dark Sunday, this occurred at about 4:00 Monday afternoon at the branch on Route 37 West.
The Berkeley Township woman told investigators that the suspect closed in behind her as she entered her personal identification number, uttered "This is a holdup, get out of the way," pushed her aside, took the cash that had just emerged from the slot, and bolted south into a stretch of woods.
She told police that he appeared to be in his late 20s, about 5'10" in height, and dressed in a wool hat and brown jacket.
"She did the right thing by complying with the robber's demands, and by doing so, she may have avoided injury," said Toms River PD spokesman Ralph Stocco in prepared remarks. "Most times, they don't want to hurt you, they only want the money."
Police anticipate releasing additional surveillance images to supplement the two now in circulation. Detective Randy Petrick can be reached at 732-349-0150, extension 1235.