Dapper Bandit's Car Gave Him Away, Report Says
Focus turned to Warren Township man when off-duty detective spotted his vehicle without hubcaps matching description of one seen near robberies, according to affidavit.
His well-dressed appearance and getaway car without hubcaps led authorities to the Warren Township man accused of robbing several Morris County banks and possibly one in South Jersey, according to an arrest affidavit.
David G. Carroccia, 28, will have a bail review hearing Monday in State Superior Court in Morristown. Carroccia is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Carroccia is accused of robbing banks in Parsippany, Lincoln Park, Mount Olive, and attempting to rob a Kinnelon bank, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.
The alleged "dapper bandit" was seen on video surveillance wearing a dress suit with a hat in each of the incidents, the prosecutor's office said.
The unique appearance tipped off a Kinnelon PNC Bank teller, who asked the man to remove his baseball hat, prompting him to immediately leave the bank, according to Carroccia's arrest affidavit obtained by the Daily Record.
Authorities began to focus on Carroccia when an off-duty Mount Olive detective spotted a vehicle on Interstate 78 in Union that matched the description of one seen on surveillance footage near the bank robberies, the Daily Record reported.
Carroccia is charged with four counts of robbery, a second-degree crime carrying a potential sentence of five to 10 years, the prosecutor's office said.
Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said Carroccia put the employees of the banks robbed in fear of immediate bodily harm in each incident. Carroccia is also charged with one count of attempted robbery, a third-degree crime carrying a potential sentence of three to five years in prison.
The first robbery occured at an Indus American Bank in Parsippany on July 20. In that incident, the robber wore a pinstriped suit, dress shirt, tie and hat, Bianchi said.
The second robbery occured at a PNC Bank in Mount Olive on July 30. The third took place at a Capital One Bank in Lincoln Park on Aug. 10, with a fourth also taking place in Lincoln Park on Aug. 23 at a Boiling Springs Savings Bank.
Carroccia is also suspected in a September robbery of a West Long Branch bank. It was not immediately known if he had been charged in that incident, according to the Daily Record.