Cops: Bank Robber Charged

Photo courtesy Pine Beach Police.

PINE BEACH – A suspect has been arrested and charged in a bank robbery that occurred on Jan. 5, the day following the big snowstorm, police said.

Beth Ellen Brown, 54, of Toms River, was charged with robbery after she allegedly robbed a Santander Bank on Route 9 just after 3 p.m. Police said she gave the teller a note stating she had a gun and demanded cash. No weapon was shown and no one was injured in the incident.

Brown was located on Jan. 8 at the Pelican Hotel on Route 37 in Toms River after an investigation by Pine Beach Detective Anthony Pruchnik, Toms River Police, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Brown is being held in the Ocean County Jail pending a court appearance.