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UPDATE: Suspected Hillside Bank Robber Who Claimed To Have Bomb Arrested

A man entered a Hillside bank Wednesday and held up what he claimed was an explosive device . Photo Credit: Hillside police
Hillside police also released this photo of a man who allegedly threatened to blow up a bank Photo Credit: Hillside police

UPDATE, Aug. 9: An arrest has been made, police said Friday. Click here for more. 

Original story is below: 

Police are looking for a man who entered a bank in Hillside Wednesday afternoon and threatened to detonate a bomb, Chief of Police Vincent Ricciardi said. 

The man walked into Investors Savings Bank on Liberty Avenue around 1:30 p.m. and held up an object he claimed was an explosive device. He fled the scene on foot with about $4,000, Ricciardi said. 

No one was hurt. 

The man was wearing a high-visibility yellow traffic vest and a white hard hat. His face was covered with a dark cloth. (See attached photos.) 

Union County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $10,000 for anonymous information leading to an arrest and prosecution. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (908) 654-TIPS. Tips can also be sent via text to  “UCTIP” at 274637 (CRIMES) or via the Crime Stoppers website at www.uctip.org

People with information regarding the crime are also urged to contact the Hillside Police Criminal Investigative Division at 973-926-5800.

All tips are kept anonymous and confidential.

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