Brigantine Man Admits to Three Bank Robberies in 2017
An Atlantic County man has admitted his role in robbing a PNC Bank branch in Marlton last December as well as two other banks in 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
44-year-old Matthew Burney Brigantine pleaded guilty Tuesday before a U.S. District Court Judge in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery. During the plea hearing, Burney also admitted committing two additional bank robberies.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Burney entered the PNC Bank branch in Marlton [on December 8, 2017] while wearing a mask that covered the lower part of his face. He threatened to shoot the occupants if the alarm was activated. He pointed what appeared to be semi-automatic handgun at one of the tellers, threatened to shoot her, and demanded all the money from her cash drawer. After she gave him cash, he approached a second teller and demanded money from her. She complied, and Burney then fled the bank.
Burney also admitted robbing the Chase Bank in North Brunswick, New Jersey, on Feb. 28, 2017, and the Bank of America in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, on December 9, 2017.
Authorities say the bank robbery charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of either $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.