Robber who held up 2 Jersey Shore banks headed to prison

(NJ.com): A robber who held up two Ocean County banks earlier this year was sentenced to a decade in state prison, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.

The sentence for Kim Nguyen, 39, of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, was handed down by Ocean County Court Judge Guy P. Ryan on Oct. 25 after he pleaded guilty to both robberies on Sept. 6, officials said.

Nguyen’s crimes started on March 16 when he walked into a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Stafford Township, passed a note to the teller that demanded money and read “this is a robbery,” according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

Three days later, he did the same thing at an M & T Bank branch in Barnegat Township, authorities said. He did not have a weapon during either robbery.

Police from both towns reviewed surveillance footage from businesses around the banks and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and were able to identify a car with Pennsylvania plates they believed was used by the robber, prosecutors said.

Their investigation revealed the car was registered to Nguyen’s father and that Nguyen was on parole for a 2012 Pennsylvania bank robbery, which was conducted similarly to the two Ocean County robberies, police said.

A fingerprint was also lifted from one of the Ocean County robbery notes that matched Nguyen’s fingerprints, officials said.

Nguyen’s father’s car was placed under surveillance and was located in New Hyde Park, New York on April 14, and after a short foot chase, Nguyen was arrested and later confessed to committing the bank robberies, according to Barnegat police.

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