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Atlantic County Man Charged With Robbing Marlton Bank

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Brigantine, New Jersey, man appeared in federal court today to face allegations that he robbed a PNC Bank in Marlton, New Jersey, on Dec. 8, 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Matthew Burney, 43, is charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery. He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court and was detained.

According to the complaint:

On Dec 8, 2017, Burney, while wearing a mask that covered the lower part of his face, allegedly entered the PNC Bank in Marlton and threatened to shoot the occupants if they activated the alarm. He pointed what appeared to be semi-automatic handgun at one of the tellers, threatened to shoot her, and demanded all the money from her teller drawer. The teller gave Burney some cash. Burney then approached a second teller, demanded money from her, and then fled the bank after she gave him more cash. Burney was arrested on Dec. 15, 2017 and has been in state custody since that time.

The bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bradley W. Cohen in Newark, the Evesham, New Jersey, police department, under the direction of Chief Christopher Chew; the Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, police department, under the direction of Chief Robert Coulton, and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Scott A. Cofina, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Norman Gross of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defense counsel: Christopher O’Malley Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton

Updated April 10, 2018

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 18-139