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Barnegat Man Dubbed 'Tri-County Robber' Arrested Wednesday

Last robbery attempt was on Wednesday


by Patricia A. Miller

Law enforcement authorities arrested a Barnegat man today and charged him with a string of seven bank robberies in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.

Steven M. Wisnowski, 30, Barnegat, was charged with two counts of second degree robbery and one count of third degree terroristic threats by the Brick Township police department.

Wisnowski was also charged with three bank robberies in Edison and one in Aberdeen. He is lodged in the Middlesex County Jail on the following bails; Brick Township - $250,000 with no ten percent option; Edison Township - $750,000 cash bail; and $250,000 no 10% from Aberdeen.  Toms River Police Department charges are pending.

“In a tremendous cooperative effort, police departments from Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex Counties joined forces to stop a brazen serial bank robber," Coronato said. "The Ocean County police departments of Brick and Toms River are to be especially commended for their outstanding investigative efforts in identifying the alleged suspect before his desperate acts could lead to a possible tragedy.”  

"Police Departments of Brick and Toms River are to be especially commended for their outstanding investigative efforts in identifying the alleged suspect before his desperate acts could lead to a possible tragedy,” Coronato said..   

The robberies in chronological order are as follows:

• Edison -  Oct. 30, 2013, PNC Bank at 505 Thornhall St.

• Brick - Nov. 7, 6:59 p.m., TD Bank, 989 Burnt Tavern Road..

• Brick  - Nov. 15, 5:40 p.m., Santander Bank, 17 Beaverson Boulevard.

• Edison - Nov. 27, 9:04 a.m., Columbia Bank, Talmadge Road, Edison.

• Toms River - Dec. 2, 11:55 p.m., TD Bank, Route 9.

• North Aberdeen - Dec. 9, 3:28 p.m., PNC Bank, Route 34.

• Edison - Jan. 7, 2014, 2:40 p.m.. Wisnowski is taken into custody by Edison police during his final robbery at the Fulton Bank on Oak Tree Road. 

Detectives James Burgess and Thomas Cooney of the Brick Police Department, Det. Randy Petrick of the Toms River Township Police Department, Det. Ray Powers of the Edison Police Department, the Aberdeen Police Department, the Franklin and Redbank Regional Offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, all contributed to the investigation.



grace January 09, 2014 at 09:34 AM
just think this is someones son and that upsets me..there but for the grace of god
Amy January 09, 2014 at 09:47 AM
There are people who this young man has wronged and that upsets ME! Are you saying that you may have done the same thing if not for God watching you? What if he had hurt someone? Get a job! terroristic threats, wonderful.
grace January 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM
hi @ amy nope i am not saying that..just saying no matter how hard one tries as a parent you just never know..thats what ive seen lately anyway..but omg rob a bank, now thats criminal for sure!! i would be ashamed, embarrassed etc and probably forget i had a son
Amy January 09, 2014 at 12:14 PM
@grace, ok gotcha. I guess sometimes, as parents, there is only so much you can do..does it mean that because he robbed banks his parents didn't love him, probably not, but I agree with you, I would be ashamed for sure and extremely embarrassed. Glad no one was physically hurt. Glad they caught him. Although I'm sure we'll be seeing his name back in the news soon..sad

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