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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Atlantic County, New Jersey, Man Admits Three Bank Robberies

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in robbing the PNC Bank branch in Marlton, New Jersey, on Dec. 8, 2017, as well as two other bank robberies, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Matthew Burney, 44, of Brigantine, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery. During the plea hearing, Burney also admitted committing two additional bank robberies.

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

Burney entered the PNC Bank branch in Marlton while wearing a mask that covered the lower part of his face. He threatened to shoot the occupants if the alarm was activated. 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 cash drawer. After she gave him cash, he approached a second teller and demanded money from her. She complied, and Burney then fled the bank.

Burney also admitted robbing the Chase Bank in North Brunswick, New Jersey, on Feb. 28, 2017, and the Bank of America in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, on December 9, 2017.

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

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie; the Evesham Police Department, under the direction of Chief Christopher Chew; the Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, Police Department, under the direction of Robert Coulton, and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Gross of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Camden Branch.

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

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
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Press Release Number: 
18-339
Updated October 9, 2018