Man Robs Chase Bank, Flees on Foot With $3,400

Police are investigating a robbery Saturday morning at the Chase Bank on Saddle River Road

Fair Lawn Police are investigating a robbery Saturday morning at the Chase Bank on Saddle River Road.

A man entered the bank around 10 a.m. and handed the teller a note that read, “This is a robbery.” He made off with $3,400 in cash and fled north up Saddle River Road on foot, according to witnesses.

He did not produce a weapon, Sgt. Eric Leitman said.

The suspect is described as a 5’8” to 5'11” white male between the ages of 30 and 40 with a slender build, short dark hair and a scruffy mustache and goatee.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with light stitching depicting a bird surrounded by flames, and was dressed in a striped gray long sleeve polo shirt or raincoat, blue jeans and white sneakers, with a black watch on his left wrist, Leitman said.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting on the case, and the FBI has been notified.

Leitman said he did not know if this robbery was connected to another and remains unsolved. That .

FairLawnneedschange October 01, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Hmm, seems to me this council's decision to cut the police department by over 20% has the bad guys on the attack!.. Another bank robbery? Remember in November who increased taxes and reduced staffing!
CutterPride October 03, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Hmmm... Let's estimate the police staff at about 60. (actually from the FLPD website, " 54 full-time, devoted, sworn police officers and 13 civilians") And let's state factually that 4 cops were let go. So let's grab our calculators and do the math.... 4/60 reduces down to 1/15, which in percent is roughly 6.67%. FairLawnneedschange, you said the Council decided "to cut the police department by over 20%", which seems like a much higher number than what it really is... Please try, try to use facts or 3rd grade math when making a claim, even though it is anonymous and on the Internet... Also, let's look at your statement trying to connect the Council to an increase in taxes. Didn't the Council come to a 0% increase in taxes this year? I am not naive enough to think that this wouldn't make my taxes increase, but as far as I understood, any increase in taxes either came from the county, the state, or the board of education... Your statement, once again, paints quite a different picture, and lays some much harsher blame to the Council...
Zak Koeske October 03, 2011 at 05:14 PM
FLPD had 64 officers, as of October 2009. Today there are 55, soon to be 56. But 4 are currently on disability, leaving an effective number of 51 officers at the moment. Depending on how you look at it, the reduction is anywhere from 12.5 (56 officers) to 20 percent (51 officers).
CutterPride October 03, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Thank you Zak for clarifying FairLawnneedschange's point for them. My only thought in reading your response is that October 2009 seems pretty arbitrary to use for a percentage calculation. Prior to "the big layoff" (which I believe was taken in lieu of furlough days. Zak, can you clarify this?), there were 60 on the force. Four were let go. This is how I got to my percentage. I suppose I could go back and say (according to the FLPD website), as of August 1, 2002, "the force had 56 officers." As you say, "depending how you look at it", the reduction is anywhere between 0% (56 officers) and 8.9% (51 officers, which I can't imagine discounting any officers who were injured on the job).
Zak Koeske October 03, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I cited October 2009 because that's when a state police study was conducted which determined that the FLPD was "understaffed." Here's the link to an article about it: http://bit.ly/o0hkcU
Zak Koeske October 03, 2011 at 06:18 PM
I used the 51 number, which includes all sworn officers (Chief, Lieutenants, Sergeants and Patrol Officers), because that is the size of the force that is currently on the job keeping Fair Lawn safe.
Zak Koeske October 03, 2011 at 06:21 PM
A member of the police force has just informed me that the roster of sworn officers is currently at 54, with three on long-term disability. The effective number of officers is still 51, however.
Nocutterpride October 03, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Zak so based on your numbers the PD is down to 51 from 64, a total of 13 down. 20% manpower, while taxes never dropped, and an increase in bonding occurred, along with state cap being exceeded. A nice gift to the incoming council in November... Terrible management while crime increases!
Nocutterpride October 03, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Fair Lawn residents are getting hosed, this is all Tom foolery at its best. Bottom line getting less for more!


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