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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 12, 2004


 
 
Sharp Police Work Foils Credit Union Robbery
Would-be robbers arrested with weapons, duct tape & radios

New Providence Township, Union County - At approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning, State Troopers from the Street Gang and T.E.A.M.S. Units, working with New Providence Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor's Office arrested four men who were poised to rob the Affinity Federal Credit Union located at 598 Central Avenue, New Providence.

The would-be robbers were arrested during a "high-risk stop" by members of the State Police T.E.A.M.S. (Technical Emergency And Mission Specialists) Unit and the Union County U-Cert team in the parking lot of the A&P shopping center in which the credit union is located. Two vehicles were involved; a silver Acura with one lookout and a black Acura with the other three men. Semi-automatic handguns, portable radios, gloves and duct tape were recovered from the vehicles. The four north Jersey men arrested were:

Thomas L. Mial, 35, Union Township
Patrick Bacon, 38, Newark
William Roundtree, 25, Union Township
Anthony Supreme, 42, East Orange

"Through our Gangs, Guns and Drugs Initiative, we are continuing to focus considerable law enforcement effort on street gangs that are responsible for violence and drug dealing in our communities," said Attorney General Peter C. Harvey. "We were able to apprehend these suspects before they entered the bank as a result of the outstanding investigative work of the State Police Street Gang Bureau. I want to commend the Street Gang Bureau and the State Police T.E.A.M.S. Unit for these arrests. I also want to thank the New Providence Police Department, the Union County Prosecutor's Office, the Union County U-Cert Team and the Union County/Essex County Auto Theft Task Force."

Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, congratulated all who took part in the operation. "I'm very proud of the intelligence-based policing that brought about this important arrest. There is no better way for Captain Jack Repsha, head of the Street Gang Unit, to end his great career with the State Police," said Colonel Fuentes.

Colonel Fuentes also stressed that this a joint investigation worked with the Providence Township Police Department and Union County Prosecutor's Office. "The cooperation and help offered by our law enforcement partners shows that just as crime knows no boundaries, law enforcement has no limits when we work together."

Some initial information including tattoos on the subjects has lead detectives to believe that one or more of the arrested men may be affiliated with the Bloods street gang. The Bloods are one of the larger and more violent street gangs operating in New Jersey.

The investigation is still ongoing and it is unknown whether these individuals have any connections with previous crimes, individually, or as a group.

The two vehicles used in the robbery attempt were impounded and taken to the Providence Township Police Department pending complete examination for purposes of evidence retrieval. As of the writing of this release, bail has not yet been set for the subjects.

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