UPDATE: Man Suspected of Robbing Two Toms River Banks In Custody

The man suspected of robbing two banks in Toms River this week has been apprehended, police say.

As first reported by TLS, on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after 2:00 PM, police units were dispatched to the First Financial Bank on Route 9 for a reported attempted bank robbery.

The initial investigation revealed a middle-aged white male wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt, sunglasses, dark pants, and a surgical mask produced a note demanding money but left on foot prior to receiving any proceeds.

While investigating the incident, police dispatchers received a second call from the Santander Bank just north of the first location on Route 9 reporting a robbery where a male, fitting the same description, handed the teller a note, and left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The following day on Wednesday, Toms River Detectives developed an investigative lead on the minivan used during the robberies which spawned into a joint investigation along with the East Brunswick and Berkeley Township Police Departments.

The suspect, identified as 68-year-old Daniel McCarthy, was located at a motel in East Brunswick along with his vehicle.

Following a surveillance, Detectives took him into custody without incident. McCarthy has prior addresses in both Jackson and East Brunswick.

He was charged by Toms River Detectives with one count of 2nd degree robbery and one count of 2nd degree attempted robbery. Additional charges are pending further investigation by the agencies involved. McCarthy will be lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending an upcoming bail hearing.

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