OCEAN GATE – An Ocean Gate man pleaded guilty on Monday to two bank robberies that occurred back in April and May, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.
On September 16, 2019, 35-year old Robert Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery. Fitzpatrick is facing 10 years in state prison on each count, with the prison terms to run concurrently, subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 8, 2019.
Fitzpatrick was arrested on June 6, 2019 in connection with two separate bank robberies at a Bank of America in Toms River on April 25, 2019, and a Kearny bank in Lanoka Harbor on May 29, 2019. Fitzpatrick also later admitted to the robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in Whiting on April 9, 2019.
The Lacey Township Police Detective Bureau and the Toms River Township Police Detective Bureau determined that the suspect from the Kearny bank robbery matched the description of the suspect involved in the Bank of America robbery. New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission helped identify the vehicle used in the robbery as well.
Fitzpatrick was arrested at his home in Ocean Gate on June 6, 2019.