Authorities investigate Parsippany bank robbery

Authorities investigate Parsippany bank robberyMorris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Phillips announce an active investigation into a bank robbery that occurred Thursday in Parsippany.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. law enforcement was notified of a bank robbery that occurred at the Santander Bank at 1980 Route 10 west. The subsequent investigation revealed that a man entered the bank and demanded money. He was armed with a handgun at the time. The suspect was able to obtain a sum of money and fled the bank on foot.
Various surveillance photographs from the interior of the bank have been obtained and are attached to this press release. The suspect can be further described as a white/light-skinned male, who was wearing a construction-type hard hat, reflective-style jacket, dark shorts, boots, light colored gloves, dark sunglasses, and a dark colored object over his mouth and nose. The suspect was carrying a handgun and a bag.
Numerous law enforcement agencies have responded and are currently investigating this incident, including the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this male, is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300, or Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255.
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or (973) 829-8159.

Authorities investigate Parsippany bank robberyAuthorities investigate Parsippany bank robbery

Authorities investigate Parsippany bank robbery

Three men sentenced for burglarizing homes in Mendham and Chester townships

Three men from the Chicago area were sentenced this week to incarceration after pleading guilty in connection to burglarizing homes in Chester and Mendham Township in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
Sentenced on Wednesday in state Superior Court, Morristown, were Nicholas Costello, 26, and Sonny Costello, 28. Sentenced on Friday was Tony Thomas, 28. The crimes took place April 6 and the men pleaded guilty in May.
The men were arrested after targeting one home in Mendham Township and one in Chester Township.
Nicholas and Sonny Costello were each sentenced to 270 days in the Morris County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to two counts of fourth degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft. Thomas was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and one count of fourth-degree Receiving Stolen Property. The men were sentenced by Judge Thomas Critchley.
The investigation revealed that one suspect knocked on a home’s front door dressed in a safety/utility vest similar to those worn by electric company workers in hopes of distracting the occupant while an accomplice entered through another door.
“The public should be vigilant in being aware of these types of diversionary burglary schemes when an individual may pose as a utility worker and another individual enters a home to commit a crime,” Prosecutor Knapp said.
Knapp would like to thank Chester Township Police Chief Thomas Williver and Mendham Township Police Chief Ross Johnson for their departments’ cooperation in handling this case.
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or (973) 829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office detective cited for volunteer work

Aaron King has been a detective in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for about only a year. But he is already earning accolades for his lifelong commitment to the youth of Morris County.

King, 28, is the 2017 Humanitarian Award Recipient of the George Gramby Observance Committee. The award will be presented July 8 at 4 p.m. at the annual George Gramby Drug & Alcohol Prevention Day at George Gramby Memorial Park in Morristown.
Gramby founded a Morristown drug and alcohol referral center in 1984 called Beginnings and worked tirelessly on behalf of area youth. Following his death in 1992, the Observance Committee dedicated itself to fulfilling Gramby’s wishes by heightening community awareness about the disease of addiction.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is proud that Detective Aaron King is being honored for his humanitarian service by the George Gramby Observance Committee,” said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. “Detective King has shown his commitment to serving the community as a volunteer and is a positive role model for the youth of Morris County.”

King, who was born in Morristown, gained prominence as a track star in high school and later at the University of Connecticut where he was All Big East Conference in the decathlon. King remains a volunteer coach for many aspiring track athletes, but his reach goes much further than that,

“I stress the importance of community involvement, education and the need to go to college,” he says. King volunteers with the Neighborhood House, a longstanding Morristown institution that works with youth, and Freedom House, a Hunterdon County residential substance abuse treatment center for men. King is also a Mason and volunteers with that organization’s empowerment programs.

King said he was surprised to be selected for the award, noting his young age.

But age was clearly not a factor with the Observance Committee. In a recent letter informing him of the award, the committee said King was selected because he exemplifies George Gramby’s spirit and passion and because of his “willingness to help others.”