SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Police arrested a Plainfield man who they say had threatened to rob a North Plainfield bank, but returned the money and asked the teller how long it would take for police to arrive, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Troy C. Crane, age 56, of Coolidge Street, Plainfield, was charged with 3rd Degree Uttering a Forged Document, and 3rd Degree False Public Alarm. He is being held at the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, according to the prosecutor.
Robertson provided the following account: North Plainfield police responded to the Valley National Bank, on Route 22 East at 11:20 a.m. Friday on a report of a bank alarm.
Bank employees told police that the suspect attempted to cash a Valley National Bank personal check made out to him in the amount of $275. The transaction was denied by a bank employee until confirmation could be authorized from the account holder.
Crane got upset and left the bank; a short time later, he returned and spoke with a different bank employee and stated that he “needed money,” according to Robertson.
Crane also said that he would “attempt to rob this place,” according to Robertson.
The bank employee gave the suspect some money; the suspect sat down in a chair and then returned to the counter, placed the money on the counter in front of the bank teller and asked “how long will the cops take to get here." according to Robertson.
Crane was arrested without incident.
Detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating.