FBI: Suspect in Fairfield County bank robberies captured
A 23-year-old man charged last weekend in a series of New Jersey bank robberies is also a suspect in several heists in Fairfield County, the FBI said.
Tyler O’Toole, of Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested Saturday in Queens, N.Y. He was was charged with five counts of bank robbery and two counts of attempted bank robbery.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, O’Toole was arrested in Glenview, Illinois, on Aug. 20, 2020, and charged in federal court with bank robbery.
O’Toole was released on bail and placed on home detention with electronic location monitoring.
A wanted poster put out by the New Haven FBI described O’Toole as a bi-racial white Asian, standing 5-foot-7, weighing 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was also said to have slight facial scarring and facial hair.
O'Toole has not yet been charged in those Connecticut robberies.
On Sept. 24, O’Toole removed his monitoring device, and stole his mother’s blue 2018 Hyundai Elantra, the FBI said. He later robbed, or attempted to rob several New Jersey banks, the FBI said.
Beginning in September, O'Toole is believed to have committed at least six bank robberies in New Jersey and is a suspect in more than a dozen others robberies in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the FBI said.
Federal prosecutors said O’Toole presented a note, demanding cash from tellers at each bank he robbed.
On Oct. 27, federal authorities said O’Toole passed a note in an envelope to a teller of a Chase Bank in Lawrence N.J., stating: “This is a robbery. Comply and Nobody gets hurt. Give me 20s 50s 100s. NO Trackers or Ink Packs. Put Money in THIS Envelope. Be fast. Act Normal.”
Each bank robbery or attempted bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.