UNION, NJ – A Newark man was charged today with committing five bank robberies in Union and Essex Counties from August 2015 through October 2015, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.   Three of the five banks are located in Union.

James Glenn, 59, of Newark is charged by criminal complaint with five counts of bank robbery.  He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda D. Wettre in Newark federal court and was detained.

According to the complaint, Glenn robbed the following banks:

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        Connect One Bank, 356 Chestnut Street, Union, August 28, 2015, of    

                approximately $5,000

        Hudson City Savings Bank, Roseland, September 9, 2015, of approximately

                $4,197

        TD Bank, Orange, September 25, 2015, of approximately $500

        Connect One Bank, 356 Chestnut Street, Union, September 28, 2015, of

                approximately $6,000

        Santander Bank, 324 Chestnut Street, Union, October 16, 2015, of

                approximately $12,000

Glenn typically robbed the banks using notes that threatened physical harm and demanded cash.  During the September 9 robbery, Glenn handed the teller a handwritten note indicating, “[t]his is a robbery . . . [t]his is not your money so be careful – [n]o alarms [n]o dye pack I know them. No one wants to get hurt so remember I know where you live.”  During the spree, Glenn robbed the same Connect One Bank in Union, including threatening the same teller, twice, on August 28 and September 28.  The Township of Union police department arrested him on October 27, 2015.

The bank robbery charges each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew Campi in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the Township of Union, Roseland, and Orange police departments, as well as the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the NJ State Parole Board for their assistance.

The charges and the allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.