Police in Toms River on Monday arrested a suspect in connection with the Feb. 5 robbery of a PNC Bank branch off Route 37.
Having just identified their suspect, Toms River police detectives were on their way to New York to arrest Michael J. Cassano, 38, of Queens, when they were notified that another police department – Maywood, N.J. police – had just arrested Cassano for a separate bank robbery he allegedly pulled off Monday morning in Lodi. In that incident, police said Cassano robbed a Hudson City Savings branch of $4,000.
Cassano was arrested a “very short time later,” Toms River Police spokesman Ralph Stocco said, at a Dunkin Donuts located just a fifth of a mile away from the Lodi bank, in Maywood. At the time of his arrest, he had the cash and a BB gun in his possession, Stocco said.
Toms River Detectives served Cassano with the charges stemming from the Feb. 5 incident as he was being held for the Lodi crime.
Cassano was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.