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Suspect in Pequannock Twp. bank robbery arrested

PEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Passaic county has been charged in connection with a bank robbery last month in Pequannock Township, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Philip N. McGrantham, 69, of Little Falls has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery, and one count of second-degree false public alarm.

On Sept. 26, township officers received a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank, located 523 Route 23, Knapp said.

A subsequent investigation revealed that McGrantham allegedly entered the bank branch and demanded money. After receiving a sum of cash, McGrantham then fled the scene in a red colored Hyundai SUV, Knapp said.

It is further alleged that prior to the robbery, McGrantham allegedly made an anonymous, false 9-1-1 call as a ruse to divert the attention of law enforcement away from the Wells Fargo Bank, Knapp said.

McGrantham was lodged in the Passaic County Jail on a warrant-complaint issued in Passaic County for a separate charge, Knapp said.

The Pequannock Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Wayne Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit assisted in the investigation.

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