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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at or submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1000 and you can remain anonymous. 


4/1/2015 - Similar Bank Robberies that occurred in March of 2015
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THE EDISON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING TWO RECENT BANK ROBBERIES THAT OCCURRED IN THE MONTH OF MARCH.

On Tuesday March 17, 2015 a suspect entered the TD Bank located at 2064 Oak Tree Road and approached the teller counter area and where he took a complimentary lollipop.  The suspect then went to a customer counter at the rear of the bank where the deposit/withdrawl slips are kept and wrote a note demanding money. The suspect waited in line and handed the note to a  bank teller.  The suspect only uttered the word "large" in what the teller described as a deep, raspy voice. The suspect handed the teller a  bag in which she placed the money in and handed back to the suspect.  The suspect then exited the bank and walked left in the direction of Grove Avenue.

The suspect description is as follows:  African American male with a dark complexion, approximate height between 5-8 and 5-10, heavy build, approximate age mid to late 30`s, facial stubble with some greywearing a grey baseball hat with black brim and a black logo, "OBEY", with clear construction-style safety glasses, black leather jacket with a grey shirt underneath, a neon yellow safety vest similar to those used by construction workers, baggy light color denim jeans, black heavy-duty rubber gloves and black sneakers with white soles.

  On March 31, 2015 at 2:50PM a suspect entered the Magyar Savings Bank in North Edison gave a demand note to the teller.  The teller complied with the robbery demand and gave the suspect an undetermined amount of various US currency including $2 bills.  The suspect fled in an unknown direction on foot. No weapon was shown although the suspect did threaten to shoot the teller if she failed  to comply with his demand.

The suspect is described as an African American male, dark complexion, approximately 5` 7" to 5` 9" tall, stocky to average build between 170-180 lbs, short hair, unshaven, wearing a navy blue baseball style hat with an unknown logo on the front, navy blue Dickie style work pants, navy blue jacket with a gray in color collar with red and silver reflective piping around the biceps, black in color work boots approximately 35-45 years old and was not wearing glasses.  The clothing the suspect was wearing was described by employees in the bank as looking like a deliveryman for FedEx or another  service.

On April 9, 2015 at 3:56PM the above subject entered the Investors Saving Bank located at 205 North Washington Ave in Dunellen. The suspect handed the teller a deposit slip demanding money.  The bank teller complied with the robbery demand and handed an undetermined amount of money. The suspect then fled out of the bank and North on North Washington Ave.  No vehicle description was given.

Suspect description Black Male, dark complexion, approx 5`-8" to 5`-10"., tall stocky build, unshaven, wearing a black baseball hat and red sweater.

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1/16/2015 - HELP SOLVE A SERIES OF MULTI STATE ARMED ROBBERIESARRESTED

With the assistance and cooperation of Bayonne PD Detective Bureau and Queens NY Robbery Squad the following information has been developed concerning an individual responsible for committing several armed robberies:

The suspect pictured below has committed multiple robberies in New Jersey and New York and is working with other unidentified suspects. They are to be considered armed and dangerous. In some of the cases the victims have been bound  and in some cases the victims were beaten by the suspect. Several days prior to the robberies the suspect(s) have cased the location that was eventually robbed.  There were two armed robberies to travel agencies in Queens New York in November of 2014 Bayonne New Jersey had a Bank Robbery on 12/24/2014.  Woodbridge New Jersey had  a Robbery of a check cashing business on 11/16/2014 where the employee was bound and the suspect attempted to access  the safe.  Woodbridge Police also investigated  a Jewelry Store Robbery on January 14, 2015 involving two suspects.  The vehicle used in the Woodbridge jewelry store case was possibly a newer mid sized car dark in color.

Photo from the Bayonne Bank Robbery

12/24/2014 Bayonne, New Jersey

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12/23/2014 - UNSOLVED HOMICIDE IN PERTH AMBOY ON DECEMBER 7, 2014

Reward offered in homicide

 

          Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Anthony A. Caputo, chairman and president of Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc., announced today that a reward is being offered to anyone who anonymously provides information that leads to an arrest in the fatal stabbing of a Perth Amboy man more than two weeks ago.

 

          The reward is being offered as an investigation continues into the death of Jean Carlos Morel, 26. He was pronounced dead on December 7, 2014, after police were dispatched to his second-floor apartment on Smith Street in Perth Amboy.

 

No arrests have been made. Anyone wishing to offer information anonymously may contact Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. The phone number is: 1-800-939-9600. The website is: middlesextips.com. Text messages may be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ‘’midtip’’ followed by a message.

 

Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.

         

In addition, anyone with information may call Detective Andreea Capraru of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4274, or Detective Sandy Rivera of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 324- 3856.

NJ.Com Article

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12/1/2014 - HELP SOLVE A HOME INVASION IN OLD BRIDGEARRESTED

Fifth home invasion investigated

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced today that police are investigating a home invasion in the township.

Police were called after an undisclosed number of men entered the home in Old Bridge, restrained family members, searched the home and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry on November 29, 2014.

Police were alerted to the home invasion at 8:51 p.m. The victims reported that armed individuals entered and searched the home at 7:20 p.m.

The home invasion was the fifth in the county in which the victims were of Asian Indian descent. Prior home invasions were committed in Old Bridge on October 20, 2014 and October 26, 2014, in South Plainfield on October 28, 2014, and in Edison on October 30, 2014..

No arrests have been made, but an investigation is active and is continuing with assistance from the New Jersey State Police, the FBI and the Edison, South Plainfield and Old Bridge police departments.

Prosecutor Carey advised residents to be vigilant, watch neighbors’ homes and call police regarding any suspicious activity. He also advised residents to make certain their homes are secure.

Anyone with information is urged to call their local police, or Agent John Selesky of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3439, or Detective John Marotta of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745- 3331.

 

In addition, Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards to anyone who wants to provide information anonymously.

 

          The Crime Stoppers phone number is: 1-800-939-9600. Anyone with information may access the Crime Stoppers website at middlesextips.com. Text messages with information may also be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ‘’midtip’’ followed by a message.

 

Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.

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10/30/2014 - HOME INVASION - EDISON NJARRESTED
On October 30, 2014, Edison Police Department responded to a residence in the north end of the town for a home invasion robbery that occurred during the early evening hours.  The victim stated that several masked men armed with handguns forcibly entered the residence while he and his family were home.  The suspects proceeded to tie up the victims with duct tape.  It is unclear at this time if any valuables were taken from the residence. 

Old Bridge and South Plainfield have encountered similar type home invasion robberies.  It is not known at this time if the home invasions are related.   

The Edison Police Department, Old Bridge Police Department, South Plainfield Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor`s Office are conducting an aggressive investigation into these crimes.  Anyone with information should contact the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers at (800) 939-9600.  Tips can also be submitted online or by text.

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10/28/2014 - Help Solve Home Invasions in OLD BRIDGE AND SOUTH PLAINFIELD.ARRESTED

 

The Old Bridge Police Department is investigating two home invasion robberies that occurred in their township.  One occurred on October 20th, 2014 and the second occurred on October 26th, 2014.

The robberies occurred  in the Oakwood and Country Place sections of Old Bridge Township. During the late evening hours multiple suspects with handguns forced entry into the homes and demanded the residents provide cash and electronics.

The South Plainfield Police Department is investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred on 10/28/2014 in the early evening hours.  The suspects entered the rear door of the house and robbed a family.  The residence was on a corner lot in the township.  The suspects were described by the victim`s as two black males, one tall and one short.

The Old Bridge Police Department, the South Plainfield Police Department  and the Middlesex County Prosecutor`s Office are conducting an aggressive investigation into these crimes. Anyone with information shouldcontact the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers at (800) 939-9600. Tips can also be submitted online or by text.

NJ.COM article

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9/25/2014 - HELP SOLVE A BANK ROBBERY AT THE COLUMBIA BANK IN EDISONIN CUSTODY
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On 9/20/14 (Saturday) at approximately 9:05 AM a suspect entered the Columbia Bank located on Talmadge Rd. in Edison.  He demanded money from the tellers. The suspect took money from three tellers and fled in an unknown direction.  No vehicle description available. 

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30`s, between 6` to 6`-4" tall, receding hairline, athletic build, wearing goggles with dark sunglasses under the goggles/ mask covering the eyes with breathing holes or slots in the mouth area resembling a paintball mask, black or dark colored jacket, dark colored pants, white gloves on top with the palms black in color. 

September 26, 2014

 

  Paintball Bandit Sought by the FBI

 

NewarkThe Newark FBI and Edison Police Department are asking for the public`s help identifying the individual responsible for the bank robbery of the Columbia Bank at 245 Talmadge Road, Edison, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  At approximately 9:06 a.m., the suspect entered the bank and verbally demanded money.  He then fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 6’4" tall, athletic build, wearing a paintball style mask, dark clothing, and white gloves.

It is believed this same individual may have robbed 5 additional banks in Somerset and Middlesex Counties.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information leading to the identification and arrest of this individual.  Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 973-792-3000.   All calls are kept confidential.

        

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/10/2014 - TD Bank Robbery in Monroe Township Middlesex CountyIN CUSTODY

On Thursday July 10, 2014 at 8:47am the Monroe Township Police Department responded to the TD Bank located at 162 Prospect Plains Road for a reported Hold Up/Robbery. 

 

A white male subject described as being 5’6” tall with a thin build and olive skin wearing a dark colored baseball cap baring the New York Jets logo, an orange t-shirt with the Carhart logo on the left breast pocket over top of a long sleeve dark shirt and dark sweat pants with white stripes along the legs entered the bank and approached the teller.  He handed the teller a note and demanded money.  The teller complied, and after receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the subject fled the bank on foot heading west on Prospect Plains Road.  No weapon shown.

     Anyone with information is asked to contact the DSgt. Keith Saloom with the Monroe Township Police Department at 732-521-0222 ext. 178 or the Newark FBI at 973-792-3000 or leave a tip...

     Bank Robbery Suspect Photo TD Bank 7-10-14.pdf

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6/18/2014 - Theft of heavy equipment
The South Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers program are posting a reward for information on a recent rash of thefts of construction equipment along the Exit 8A area. Since June 1st there have been a handful of thefts of construction machinery in the South Brunswick, Monroe, and Cranbury area off the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 8A. The suspects appear to be targeting large construction equipment such as excavators, front end loaders and steam rollers that are left unattended overnight at construction sites.

The South Brunswick theft occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday June 7, 2014. The suspects entered a construction site at Route 1 and Executive Drive and stole a 2010 John Deere Front End Loader. The investigation indicates the suspects parked a trailer on Executive Drive and loaded the machinery on to it. (See attached photo of stolen equipment)

South Brunswick Police are working to identify the Exit 8A theft crew to see where the stolen items are being taken and if they are being shipped out of the country. The reward is being posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible. Anyone with information can remain anonymous by calling Middlesex County Crime Stoppers tips line at 1-800-939-9600 or leave a tip.

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6/4/2014 - INFORMATION NEEDED ON PERSONS AIMING LASERS AT PLANES

There has been multiple incidents reported to law enforcement in Middlesex Countya as well as over the nation concering unknown persons  pointing lasers at commercial aircraft.

The FBI is offering a $10,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who aims a hand held laser at an airplane.

Excerpt form the NJ.Com article posted June 3, 2014:

"It`s part of a national awareness program being run by the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration in conjunction with state and local officials to make the public aware of the dangers associated with pointing a laser light at a pilot.

The reward will be available for the next 90 days, the FBI said.

In northern New Jersey airspace, there have been 26 reported laser incidents in 2014 as of May 15, said Barbara Woodruff, a spokeswoman for the FBI`s Newark office.

The actual number is likely much higher, she emphasized, noting that media, rescue and law enforcement helicopters are common targets.

If you have any information please send a tip or contact your local FBI office.

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