On April 17, 2017, the NVE bank, located at 535 Grand Avenue,
was robbed at approximately 4:55 PM, only five minutes before it’s closing time. A tall suspect entered the bank with a dark-colored hoodie up, sunglasses on and something light-colored covering the bottom portion of the suspect’s face. The suspect was wearing purple rubber gloves and also had a dark-colored backpack on. The suspect held up a note with writing on it while giving verbal instructions and demanding a certain amount of money from the teller, who thought the voice was that of a male’s.
Cash, the amount of which we are not disclosing at this time, was turned over to the suspect, who immediately fled the bank. City Detectives and Patrol Officers flooded the area within moments of the robbery. The FBI was notified, which is standard protocol. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit was also notified and assisted in the crime scene aspect of the investigation.
Between witness accounts and video surveillance in the area, our Detectives have determined that the suspect escaped through the rear portion of the bank’s property which led directly into a residential area. The suspect was spotted by a resident on Lake Court trying to steal a bicycle out of a backyard. When confronted, the suspect abandoned the bicycle theft and ran east on Lake Street, towards Broad Avenue, and vanished.
Trying to steal a bicycle for escape is not a common move an experienced bank robber would make. We believe that the suspect may live in that immediate area OR the suspect’s accomplice, perhaps waiting in a getaway vehicle, may have fled prematurely when the quick and heavy response of our Officers and neighboring Officers flooded the area. All we need is a call, which we can keep confidential, from a relative, friend, neighbor or anyone who noticed someone come into a significant amount of cash with no reasonable explanation. We need to identify this individual and get the suspect in custody before another bank is robbed.
The Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack Crimestoppers group is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for any information leading us to the suspect’s arrest or recovery of any of the cash or other evidence involved in this incident. Citizens can call Englewood City Detectives directly at 201-568-4875 or the Crimestoppers hotline, 24-7, at 1-844-466-6789. They can even “SUBMIT A TIP” on the website at www.bergencrimestoppers.org