COPS PROBE POSSIBLE ROBBERY NEXT DOOR

ls-wells-fargoLittle Silver police and Monmouth County officials on the scene of a possible robbery attempt at the Wells Fargo on Prospect Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a possible robbery attempt at the Wells Fargo bank on Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

As of 5:30 p.m., authorities were still on the scene — next door to the Little Silver Police Department — trying to sort out the details of differing reports in a late-afternoon incident at the bank.

Police scanner reports said that around 4:30 p.m. an Asian male made terroristic threats at the bank, then left in an unknown direction in a gray Toyota Tundra.

The man, described as five-feet-two inches and about 120 pounds, attempted to rob the bank and claimed he had a gun, but did not show one, according to an emergency alert.

“We’re not sure what it is yet,” Sergeant Dan Shaffery told redbankgreen.

Police have locked the bank down, and officers from the department and the prosecutor’s office were interviewing witnesses, collecting fingerprints and taking photographs.

Shaffery said he was unsure if the Federal Bureau of Investigations would get involved, but as per protocol, the department is taking extensive measures to secure the area and fully investigate the incident and try and find the suspect.

“A lot of the stuff is precautionary at this point,” said Shaffery, who is slated to become the department’s chief tomorrow. “As a precautionary thing, we’re going full-out.”