Second ATM robbery this week in Toms River

     The suspect in last night's ATM robbery at Wells Fargo bank on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. (Image: Toms River Police Department)

    The suspect in last night's ATM robbery at Wells Fargo bank on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. (Image: Toms River Police Department)

    Police are investigating the second ATM robbery this week in Toms River.

    A 19-year-old Toms River woman was preparing to make a deposit at the Hooper Avenue Wells Fargo ATM machine at 7:40 p.m. yesterday when a man approached her from behind, Toms River Police Department spokesman Ralph Stocco said.

    The man, approximately 6-feet tall and wearing a white ski mask, hooded sweatshirt, and jeans, put his hand at his waistband and said, “Drop it!” The woman complied, dropping her cash and ATM card, and fled the area to safety, according to Stocco.

    This is the second robbery this week at a township ATM machine.

    On Monday, a 68-year-old woman was robbed as she was making a transaction at the Bank of America on Route 37. 

    “We urge residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to make diligent observations as they approach ATM machines, especially after normal business hours,” Stocco said. “We suggest driving once around the building or parking lot before finally approaching the machines to complete transactions.”

    Anyone with information about the robberies should call Det. Lou Santora at 732-349-0150 x1276.

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