The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester Township Police Department and Lawnside Police Department reported a man believed to be responsible for two bank robberies has been arrested.
Michael P. Taggart Jr., M/28, of Gloucester Township, was taken into custody shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday outside a hotel on the 1200 block of Race Street in Philadelphia by task force members from the Camden and Philadelphia divisions of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Taggart is accused of robbing the Beneficial Bank located at 483 Cross Keys Road in Gloucester Township shortly before 10 a.m. February 10. He is also believed to be the same man who robbed the Susquehanna Bank located at 305 South White Horse Pike in Lawnside shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
In both robberies, the suspect passed a demand note to a teller and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
“This is an excellent example of collaborative and community crime fighting,” said Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle. “Information provided by community members – thanks to social media – greatly aided local, county, state and federal law enforcement partners as they worked together to bring this individual to justice.”
Taggart is charged with two counts of Robbery. He is currently being held in Philadelphia and awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Thursday, February 19, 2015.