Ocean County bank robber pleads guilty in court
An Ocean Gate man has plead guilty to two counts of robbery stemming from bank robberies in Toms River and Lanoka Harbor earlier this summer, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer.
Robert Fitzpatrick, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of Robbery in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1a(2) before the Honorable Therese Cunningham, J.S.C.
The plea agreement calls for Fitzpatrick to be sentenced to ten years in New Jersey State Prison as to each count, with the prison terms to run concurrently.
The sentence will be subject to the terms of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2, the No Early Release Act, which requires Fitzpatrick to serve a minimum term of 85 percent of his sentence.
Fitzpatrick is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Cunningham on November 8.
He was arrested on June 6 in connection with two separate bank robberies that occurred at a Bank of America in Toms River on April 25 and a Kearny bank in Lanoka Harbor on May 29.
Fitzpatrick also admitted to law enforcement officers that robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Whiting on April 9.
The Lacey Township Police Detective Bureau and the Toms River Township Police Detective Bureau determined that the suspect from the robbery that occurred at a Kearney bank in Lacey on May 29 matched the description of the suspect involved in the robbery of a Bank of America in Toms River that had occurred on April 25.
The vehicle utilized in the commission of the robbery was identified with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police as well as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission; this led to the identification of Fitzpatrick, a resident of Ocean Gate.
Fitzpatrick was arrested at his home in Ocean Gate on June 6, 2019.
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