A Millville man was arrested after police say he robbed three area banks in the past three months.
On July 18th, Vineland Police responded to the Colonial Bank on S. Lincoln Ave., regarding a bank robbery which had just occurred. Police were told by bank employees that a black man wearing dark pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and red hat, entered the bank carrying a duffel bag and demanded money at gunpoint from the teller. After getting money from the teller, the suspect fled the bank and ran to a nearby vehicle, which was parked in the Northwest corner of the Ace Hardware. The vehicle, a gold colored minivan, was last seen fleeing the area heading East on Dante Avenue.
On September 10th, a black man wearing similar clothing as in the prior robbery, and also carrying a similar duffel bag, attempted to commit a second robbery at the Colonial Bank. Due to the fact the bank closed early for the day, the suspect was unable to enter inside the bank, however and was last seen running from the building on foot.
On September 27th, another attempted robbery occurred at the same Colonial Bank branch. A black man, as described in the other incidents, attempted to enter the bank with a duffel bag but was unable to get inside, as the bank tellers had just locked the doors for closing. The accused was observed running south then entering a gold in color minivan. Colonial Bank immediately contacted the Vineland Police. Officers from the Patrol and Criminal Divisions responded to the area in search of the accused.
Vineland Police Lt. John McCann, who was checking the area for the suspect’s vehicle, observed a gold minivan heading towards Millville on Hance Bridge Road. A motor vehicle stop was conducted on the vehicle at city limits, at which time the driver, 32-year-old Christopher Radford, of Millville, was placed under arrest for unrelated outstanding warrants. A search warrant was later executed on the vehicle and evidence from the robberies was located inside the vehicle.
After a thorough search of the immediate area where Lt. McCann conducted the motor vehicle stop, a small black semi-automatic handgun was located by Detective L. Rodriguez near the roadway.
On October 3rd, Vineland Police Detectives, along with Detectives from the Cumberland County Prosecutors Office, conducted a search warrant with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit on Christopher Radford’s residence. Radford was arrested for Robbery (3 Counts) and Weapons offenses. He is currently being held on $250,000.00 full bail.
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