Skylands Bank Hold-Up Causes Car Chase, Robber Caught

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A man from Staten Island was chased down Route 18 after holding up the Skylands Community Bank in Metuchen right after it opened. Take a look here for the details of a police car chase that shut down traffic for miles yesterday. The pursuit continued on Route 1 South into New Brunswick, and then onto Route 18 South in East Brunswick, police said. At one point the officers attempted to stop the vehicle near the Woodbridge Avenue overpass in Edison, police said, but the driver refused.

Metuchen Police Office David Liantonio added that the quick thinking of the bank manager played a big part in catching the thief.  Bank employees activated the silent alarm immediately.  Once the man left the bank, the manager looked out the window and saw he was driving a silver SUV with a cardboard sign over the license plate that said "lost plate." She also reported which direction he turned when leaving the bank.

The Metuchen PD dispatcher immediately radioed the Middlesex County hotline notifying all neighboring communities to be on the look-out for the silver SUV.  A special Edison/Metuchen hotline was notified as well.  Two Edison police officers, one stationed on each side of Route 1, were placed on alert and spotted the SUV as soon at it passed the Home Depot shopping center, which is where the low-speed pursuit began. 

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Thank goodness for traffic on Route 18 !

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