Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

Patrick Callahan (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

  TOMS RIVER – A man who robbed a bank on New Years Eve, 2019, has pleaded guilty and faces seven years in prison, police said.

  Patrick Callahan, 47, of Toms River, robbed about $1,000 from the Chase Bank on Route 37 West. Tellers told police that he had presented a note to the teller saying he had a gun and left on foot.

  Callahan was arrested a few days later in Mount Laurel.

  His sentencing will be on September 8, and police are seeking a term of seven years in a New Jersey State Prison. He would be subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, meaning he would have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer acknowledged the efforts of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Toms River Township Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Red Bank Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and Mount Laurel Police Department.