Robber Indicted in PNC Bank Robbery


A music recording engineer from Brooklyn, New York was indicted Thursday on a charge of robbing a PNC Bank in Parsippany of $4,410 in September, according to an article in Daily Record.

A Morris County grand jury issued a single-count indictment that charges Stephen L. Smith, 29, with robbery on September 5 by threatening a person. Smith, according to court records, allegedly walked into the PNC Bank branch at 1142 Route 46 West, at 10:48 a.m. with a note that demanded cash. Authorities have said he did not display a weapon.

A broadcast of the suspect’s description and the 2005 Audi A6 he was driving went out and Secaucus police stopped him on Route 3 shortly after the heist. Smith had been employed as a music recording engineer with the gospel division of Sony Music Entertainment in New York City for seven years when charged with the Parsippany robbery.

When Smith was interviewed by Little Falls police, he admitted he conducted the earlier robbery, which took place on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at TD’s Main Street and Paterson Avenue branch, Detective Sgt. James Briggs said. He’s been charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree theft, and his bail in that matter has been set at $100,000 with no 10 percent option, Briggs said.

The man, believed to have been Smith, returned at 5:57 p.m., just before the bank was to close, and passed a teller a note that read “For your safety and everyone here, calmly place the case in the bag. No Tricks. We are not alone, so do not attempt to follow once we leave,” Briggs said.

The man got away with $795 in case, he said.