Man in Custody in Connection with Mountain Lakes Nov '23 Bank Robbery

Published on March 12, 2024

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett confirm a man has been taken into federal custody for a bank robbery that occurred on November 17, 2023, in the Borough of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. on November 17, 2023, law enforcement received a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the PNC Bank, 425 Boulevard, Mountain Lakes, NJ.  Subsequent investigation revealed that a male suspect entered the bank branch and demanded money.  No weapon was displayed or threatened.  The suspect fled the bank with approximately $1,000 in U.S. currency.

Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey worked with federal authorities to identify the alleged suspect as Tony Winst, age 46, last known address Cresskill NJ.  On March 9, 2024, Winst was taken into custody by federal authorities in New York City.  Winst remains in federal custody and the case will be prosecuted at the federal level.

Numerous law enforcement agencies participated in this investigation, including the Mountain Lakes Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Newark FBI at 973-792-3000, or 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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