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Route 23 Bank Robbed

At the scene of the Wells Fargo bank robbery on Route 23 in Pequannock.
At the scene of the Wells Fargo bank robbery on Route 23 in Pequannock. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo

A robber with what witnesses said appeared to be a fake beard robbed a Pequannock bank on Thursday.

No weapon was shown in the 10:45 a.m. holdup at the Wells Fargo branch on southbound Route 23 in the township's Pompton Plains section, authorities said.

** UPDATE: Authorities are seeking a man with a possibly-fake beard who they say robbed a Route 23 Morris County bank Thursday. **

The robber, who witnesses said had a painted beard, demanded money from the teller before fleeing with the undisclosed amount that was handed over, Pequannock police said.

Around the same time, police converged at a Target parking lot just down the highway from the bank in Riverdale for what proved to be an unfounded report of a man with a gun.

"The area was checked and no individual was found," Riverdale police said. 

"Surveillance video from the store revealed that no individual matching the description given, was even in the area. Reports that there was a robbery or that there was any danger are completely false."

It couldn't immediately be determined if police believe the call may have been intended as a distraction from the bank robbery.

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