Police: Union Beach Bank Robber Caught in the Act

Surveillance photo from a TD BAnk that police say shows Larry M. Boccio, who is accused of braking into TD Banks in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.Surveillance photo from a TD BAnk that police say shows Larry M. Boccio, who is accused of braking into TD Banks in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

A Union Beach man suspected in a string of Monmouth and Middlesex County bank robberies was arrested Saturday when, according to police, he returned to the scene of one of his earlier crimes.

Larry M. Boccio, 60, was nabbed by Hazlet police early Saturday morning as he approached the TD Bank on Bethany Road, which he is accused of breaking into last month.

According to criminal complaints, Boccio used a pellet handgun to break a window at the bank on Sept. 23. Boccio had a pellet gun, gloves and bag when he was caught, the complaints state.

Hazlet police had been working with detectives in Marlboro, Old Bridge, Howell and Woodbridge, where similar burglaries had been committed in the last two weeks, according to a Hazlet police press release. Detectives had been watching Boccio for days when they allege he attempted this weekend’s break-in.

Union Beach police and the Monmouth and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s offices also assisted in the investigation, according to Hazlet police.

Boccio has also been charged with the Sept. 28 burglary of a TD Bank in Howell. Armed with a pellet gun, Boccio allegedly broke into the bank while it was closed and stole $900 in coins from an automatic change counter, according to criminal complaints.

Charges in the other municipalities were being processed, Hazlet police said.

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