Authorities are searching for a man who last Thursday robbed two Delran banks within minutes, and used a teller’s SUV as his getaway vehicle.
According to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect robbed the 3rd Fed Bank on Bridgeboro Road around 1:10 p.m. Thursday. He then stole a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder that belonged to one of the tellers and drove to the Roma Bank on Hartford Road a block away and robbed it at gunpoint.
The robberies occurred within a span of just 15 minutes, the prosecutor said.
The Pathfinder was found abandoned on the 200 block of Lawrence Lane, in a nearby development, with the gun used in the Roma Bank robbery inside.
The suspect is described as a black man with a medium to dark complexion, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches, weighing between 140 to 170 pounds, according to a report. He was last seen in the area of Natalie Road and Lawrence Lane in Delran in the Grande’s Garden Club neighborhood, wearing a black varsity-style jacket with white sleeves, gray scarf, black texting gloves with metallic thumb and index fingers, and dark pants.
The FBI—which is typically involved in all bank robberies—is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is urged to call the Delran Police Department detective bureau at 856-461- 4498 or the department’s confidential tip line at 856-461-9010.
Burlington County has seen an unusually high number of bank robberies in 2013. The Delran jobs are the 21st and 22nd bank robberies in the county this year, and the 16th and 17th in the last two months. The Roma Bank in Delran has been robbed twice in the last month.
Authorities arrested Brandon A. Dickerson, of the 1100 block of Mechanic Street, Camden, on Dec. 10 and charged him with five recent bank robberies, including four in Burlington County.
Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said bank robberies are notoriously hard cases to solve because there’s typically little forensic evidence to go on and the perpetrators are often disguised.
Nonetheless, Bernardi said he had a “high level of confidence” in the authorities’ ability to track down the perpetrators.
“We have active suspects in other investigations,” he said. “All criminals make mistakes. People also talk. They talk with their confederates, their friends. They brag. They go on Facebook. And they do stupid things that allow them to get caught.”Information provided by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.