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Wells Fargo Bank Robbed on Lakewood Road

Second bank robbery in Toms River this week occurs in Tri-City Plaza near Dollar Tree.

Toms River Police have confirmed a bank robbery after 2 p.m. today at a Wells Fargo bank. The bank is a self-standing building located within the Tri-City Plaza parking lot, near the intersection of Routes 70 and 9.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the suspect handed a note to a teller announcing a robbery and obtained an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing towards Rt. 9. 

 The suspect did not display a weapon during the robbery, according to police. Additionally, there were no injuries to the eight employees and four customers who were in the bank at the time of the incident.

Police are searching for the suspect described as a black male, around 40-years-old, and approximately 5'8". He was seen wearing a blue canvass hat, blue jeans and white sneakers.  

Sheriff, K-9, and police vehicles were on scene throughout the afternoon. Police have not confirmed any other details.

This is the second robbery at a Wells Fargo bank in Toms River this week. A was robbed around 2:30 p.m. June 23, and the suspect fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Police are still searching for the robber.

Come back to Patch for more information as it becomes available.

LJ June 27, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Not a surprise at all! The shopping centers at this intersection are under siege 24/7 by criminals and panhandlers! On Sat my son went to pick up medicine @Walgreen's and he was accosted by someone who tried to get in his car. Today while he was getting a hair cut across the street some guy came in the shop loitering around for a long time and bothering the patrons and haircutters. We never go to these shopping centers that we don't either get confronted by some of these people or see someone else getting bothered! Last week some poor senior lady had her purse robbed in daytime! What's it going to take to get this resolved? Please don't let it be some tragedy! It's so wrong that we have to put up with not feeling safe in our own neighborhood. Something has to be done and the only way that is going to happen is if the TR police, TR mayor, shopkeepers and residents band together to get this under control!
skizma June 28, 2011 at 09:53 AM
Uh yeah....wayyy too many....one too many. It's amazing......
Rick Molinia June 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM
as sum1 who shops @ that stop&shop every other day, i must SCREAM 4 HELP. it is musch worse than any1 reading this can imagine.. tons of homeless druggie BUMS LOITERING in the parking lot, approaching every customer beggin for money or probably worse... the plaza hired ONE security guard who hangs out inside stores and enjoys his chinese food.. a simple band-aid on a shark bitten leg.. the freakin leg is infected REMOVE IT!
LA RUE June 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Boy can I relate to this! I shop at that shopping center and can't begin to tell you all the crap I've seen and had happened to me. Twice people had come up to my car as I was parking asking for "spare change". I watch them walking in the parking lot knocking on car windows asking people for money. Some of them sit on the plaza benches and curb, smoking and asking people for money. This has gotten way out of hand. I even went into the dollar store and stop and shop and complained to the mangers and they told me there is nothing they can do. I can't imagine how afaird the elderly must be shopping there. I'm not a senior, and I'm not that comfortable going there anymore myself.
who really knows June 28, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Most of those so called people come from Dover retirement home. That place doesn't give a rats ass about their patients. I have complained and my daughter went in and was told she would be arrested if she came back in and bothered them. All she did was go and ask if she could speak to someone in charge about their patients wondering around. Shortly after one of the elderly patients was hit by a car.
Nicole June 28, 2011 at 04:48 PM
I'm confused by the last comment "many of these so called people come from Dover Retirement home". So called people? What does that mean? If they are in a retirement home, they should be being cared for - not wandering the streets. Instead of blaming the elderly the blame should be placed on the retirement home, if they are indeed to blame. Are these people homeless? If that's the case, instead of looking down on them, maybe we should try to help them. Wow wouldn't that be a novel idea?
LA RUE June 28, 2011 at 08:35 PM
"So called people"....The people in question. Thats what that means...Please don't tell me your that dumb. Didn't you read about the woman who went to the retirement home complaining.It's obvious to me that you have never been there and observed whats going on like the rest of us have.Also ..no one is looking down on anybody.Thats not anyones feelings on this issue.Try thinking before you write.You never know....you may come off as intelligent after all!
Barry Fleckmann June 29, 2011 at 04:00 PM
I'm VERY familiar with the area. There's a guy who parks his grocery store shopping cart, filled with ALL his wordly possessions, near the McDonald's, there, and spends the whole day, sleeping on the grassy slope. Also, IF you park your car in the parking lot, you better make sure that it's locked. I've seen "The Walking Dead" (patients?) walk up to cars, look inside, and try the doors. Yes, and they WILL panhandle. Bank robbery? Wait until things REALLY get warmed-up!!

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