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Texas Man Arrested for Stealing from ATM in Franklin Township

Franklin Township (Somerset)

Somerset County authorities announced  the arrest of Mr. Gerrode T. Smith, 20, of Fort Bend, Texas, and an ongoing investigation into the attempted theft from a Bank ATM on Elizabeth Avenue.  

Police said on March 15th at 3:11 AM the Franklin Township Police Department received a call reporting a pickup truck being utilized to break into the ATM of a bank on Elizabeth Avenue. 

Police said the officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the suspects fled.  

A short time later, officers located the driver identified as Defendant Smith, who was taken into custody without further incident.   It was determined that the white pickup truck was stolen.  

Police charged Smith with Conspiracy to Commit Theft, Resisting Arrest,  Eluding an Officer,  and Receiving Stolen Property, Smith has been lodged in the Somerset County Jail awaiting a bail hearing. 

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request that anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or Detective Mark Keller of the Franklin Township PoliceDepartment at (732) 873-5533