Bayonne Man Tries To Rob Hoboken Bank, But There’s No Cash: Cops

“Give me that money!” a would-be robber in New Jersey allegedly demanded. Instead, he got a harsh truth from the bank tellers.
By Eric Kiefer

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken police have apprehended a Bayonne man who allegedly tried to rob the tellers at Investors Bank on River Street last week. The robbery attempt ended in failure when the would-be robber discovered that none of the teller drawers had any money in them, authorities said.

According to the Hoboken Police Department, officers responded to a panic alarm set off at Investors Bank at 221 River Street around 6:45 p.m. on June 6. On arrival, officers were told that the male suspect had already fled the scene.

Bank personnel told police that the suspect entered the building and gave tellers a note that contained different denominations of cash. “Give me that money!” he allegedly demanded.

That was when the bank tellers gave him a harsh truth: they already stored the day’s money away and there was no cash in their respective drawers, authorities said.

The man climbed onto the counter to see for himself, then fled the scene with no proceeds after confirming there was no cash. Once he was gone, bank personnel called police, authorities stated.

Hoboken detectives began their investigation that evening, eventually using witness statements and high-quality surveillance images to identify the alleged robber with the help of two identical leads from the Rutherford and Weehawken Police Departments.

On Monday, Hoboken detectives visited Bayonne and arrested Edward Dempsey, 54, without incident, authorities said.

Police charged Dempsey with 2nd degree robbery. He was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility where he awaits a detention hearing, Hoboken police said Tuesday.

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