Hillsborough Man Charged With Bank Robberies In Franklin, Other Towns

Hillsborough resident Mark Elbaum was charged with bank robberies in Franklin and other towns. Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

A 52-year-old Hillsborough man has been charged with bank robberies in Franklin and other towns.

Mark Elbaum was arrested at about 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Hillsborough, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Elbaum was charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Robbery for the Oct. 1 robbery of Financial Resources Federal Credit Union on Easton Avenue, and the Oct. 23 robbery of Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Bridgewater, according to the release.

Elbaum was also charged with 1st Degree Robbery by North Brunswick Township Police for a heist in that town, according to the release.

Investigations in other towns are pending, according to the release.

Elbaum was identified as the suspect in those two robberies, and robberies in surrounding towns, after the Bridgewater incident, the release said.

Participating in the investigation were detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, the Bridgewater Township Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hillsborough Township Police Department and the North Brunswick Police Department, according to the release.

Also helping in the investigation were detectives from the Edison Police Department, Middlesex Borough Police Department, Flemington Borough Police Department, and the Bensalem, Pa. Police Department, the release said.

Elbaum is in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, pending a detention hearing, according to the release.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or the Bridgewater Police Department at (908) 722-4111 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


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