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Ohio man charged with five bank robberies, two attempted bank robberies in New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ – An Ohio man who was out on bail for allegedly committing a bank robbery in the Chicago area and who is charged in New Jersey with seven bank robberies or attempted bank robberies made his initial court appearance by videoconference Monday, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Tyler O’Toole, 23, of Cleveland was arrested in Queens, New York, on Nov. 14. He is charged by complaint sworn out in the District of New Jersey on Nov. 4, with five counts of bank robbery and two counts of attempted bank robbery, Carpenito said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, O’Toole was arrested in Glenview, Illinois, on Aug. 20, 2020, and charged in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois with bank robbery. O’Toole was released on bail and placed on home detention with electronic location monitoring.

On Sept. 24, 2020, O’Toole removed his monitoring device, stole his mother’s blue 2018 Hyundai Elantra, and drove away. He later robbed, or attempted to rob, the following New Jersey banks:




Oct. 8, 2020 PNC Bank Morris Plains, New Jersey
Oct. 8, 2020 PNC Bank* Pompton Plains, New Jersey
Oct. 22, 2020 Chase Bank Aberdeen, New Jersey
Oct. 22, 2020 Bank of America East Windsor, New Jersey
Oct. 27, 2020 Chase Bank Lawrence Township, New Jersey
Oct. 27, 2020 Citizens Bank Mount Holly, New Jersey
Oct. 30, 2020 Citizens Bank* Runnemede, New Jersey

*attempted bank robbery

At each bank, O’Toole presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers. For example, during the Oct. 27, 2020, robbery of the Chase Bank in Lawrence Township, O’Toole handed the teller a manila envelope which stated:

  • This is a robbery. Comply and Nobody gets hurt.
  • Give me 20’s 50’s 100’s
  • NO Trackers or Ink Packs
  • Put Money in THIS Envelope
  • Be fast, Act Normal

Each bank robbery or attempted bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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