Philadelphia Man Charged with Robbing Bank in NJ

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania man today admitted robbing a bank in Carneys Point, New Jersey, in July 2018 while brandishing a firearm, officials announced.

Police say, Mr. Antwaine Thomas, 40, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an indictment charging him with armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a bank robbery, according to officials.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Thomas admitted that on July 30, 2018, he and a co-conspirator walked into the Fulton Bank in Carneys Point, and that he pointed a loaded handgun at four bank employees while demanding cash, officials stated.

Officials reported that Thomas and the co-conspirator took $66,000 from the bank and fled.

Thomas was arrested several hours later, and he was captured on surveillance video in a nearby residential area, ditching the cash, gun, and his clothing, officials said.

Officials stated that the armed bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

The brandishing a firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years which must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed, officials reported.

According to officials, sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12, 2019.