Robber in Metro-North Shutdown Also Hit NJ Bank: Police

He's being called the "commuter bank robber"

By Brian Thompson
|  Friday, Sep 6, 2013  |  Updated 12:13 AM EDT
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Police in New Jersey said the the man who brought Metro-North trains to a halt after robbing a bank in Greenwich, Conn., last month also hit a bank in Linden. Brian Thompson reports.

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Police in New Jersey said the the man who brought Metro-North trains to a halt after robbing a bank in Greenwich, Conn., last month also hit a bank in Linden. Brian Thompson reports.

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Police in New Jersey said the the man who brought Metro-North trains to a halt after robbing a bank in Greenwich, Conn. last month also hit a bank in Linden.

Police stopped trains on Metro-North's New Haven line and closed the Greenwich station at the height of evening rush on Aug. 28 while they unsuccessfully hunted for the man who robbed nearby People's United Bank that afternoon.

Now Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki says the same suspect robbed a Wells Fargo in his town Aug. 20.

In both heists, the man told bank workers he had a weapon, but never showed one.

Sarnicki also said that the robber did his homework to blend in for each robbery. On Aug. 20, in the working-class community of Linden, the robber wore a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts. And in tonier Greenwich, the suspect was caught on camera wearing a button-up shirt, tie and fedora. 

Police in the tri-state area have been notified to keep a look out for the suspect, who Sarnicki dubbed the "commuter bank robber." If he's a serial robber, he could be poised to strike again soon. 

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