SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Bridgewater man faces multiple charges after he attempted to rob a Bridgewater bank before driving to Somerville where he robbed a second bank; he was then arrested near a third bank in Somerville where his car was parked on West Main Street, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Douglas Conroy. 60, of Crestview Road, Bridgewater faces charges of first degree robbery, third degree theft, and third degree attempted theft. He is being lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing, according to Robertson, who provided the following details of the Dec. 23 incidents:
Bridgewater Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting an attempted bank robbery at the Provident bank, located on Union Avenue in Bridgewater at 11:59 a.m.
Witnesses told police a man, later identified as Conroy, entered the bank and ordered a female teller to fill a white colored plastic bag with money. The bank teller walked away and he left the bank immediately with no money,
Detectives from the Bridgewater Township Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to conduct the investigation.
At approximately 2:36 p.m. Somerville Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call on a report of a bank robbery at the Chase bank, located on South Davenport Street.
The suspect was described as the same person who had attempted the earlier bank robbery at Provident Bank in Bridgewater.
The suspect approached a male teller and ordered him to place money in a white colored bag and threatened and warned the teller that he had a gun and that he didn't want to hurt him. The teller complied with the demands from the suspect and provided an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect then fled on foot towards the ShopRite shopping center in Somerville. A retired police officer from the Bernard’s Township Police Department, who was conducting business at the bank, was alerted of the robbery. The retired officer followed the suspect to his car and was able to take a picture of the suspect vehicle as he fled from the scene which was broadcasted to responding officers.
A detective from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit who was aware of the suspect's description, observed the suspect and his vehicle while responding to the Chase bank. The Major Crimes detective observed the suspect parked near the Wells Fargo Bank, on West Main Street, Somerville. Conroy was apprehended shortly thereafter with assistance from the Somerville Police Department without incident.
Robertsonand Somerville Police Chief Chief Dennis Manning request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100, the Somerville Police Department at (908) 725-0331, the Bridgewater Township Police Department at (908) 722-4111, or via the STOPit app
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.