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Cliffside Park bank robber doesn’t say a word, flees with thousands

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS THE DETAILS: The bank robber held a note up to the teller’s window. “Give me what you have in your drawer,” it said. The tellerhanded over a few thousand dollars, and the robber was gone. But authorities who investigate bank robberies got a good look at him on video.

Oritani Savings, Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park

The surveillance shots are good quality, a law enforcement source with knowledge of Tuesday night’s holdup told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The robber walked into the Oritani Savings Bank on Anderson Avenue, in the shadow of the Greenhouse condominiums, a little before 5:45 p.m., according to Cliffside Park Police Chief Donald Keane.

The only other person in the bank at the time was the teller, the chief said.

Keane said the robber didn’t show a weapon but simply placed the demand note for the money in the cash drawer against the glass.

“She gave him the money and he walked out of the bank,” Cliffside Park Detective Capt. Michael Russo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The FBI is working with borough police and has both the surveillance shots (including the one to the right) and a detailed description:

The robber is about 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, with brownish blond hair and a goatee, FBI Special Agent Bryan Travers said. He was wearing a brown baseball cap, a maroon-colored shirt with a plaid pattern, dark jeans and a black leather jacket with a collar.

He was last seen headed south on Anderson Avenue toward the heart of the business district.

Anyone with information about the holdup is asked to contact the FBI: (973) 792-3000.

There could be a reward in it — but the FBI emphasizes that people shouldn’t try to take action themselves. If you see this robber, or any other fugitive, you only need to dial 911.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The FBI respectfully requests that exact amounts in bank robberies not be disclosed, so as not to encourage people who think they can make a big haul. The average take is under $3,000, though every once in a great while someone will score five figures. What the bureau does make clear are its extremely high success rates: Bank robbers, on the whole, rarely get away with it.






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