Dublin man Alan Nolan, has pleaded guilty to holding up and robbing two banks in New Jersey in 2007 and 2010. On the day of the second bank robbery, he dropped his child at day care before robbing the bank and picked the child up afterwards.
His crime spree netted $57,513 and he now faces a sentence of 12 years in state prison before being deported.
In February 2007, Nolan (39) and undocumented in the US robbed a Bank of New York branch in Wharton, NJ. He gave the teller a note which read, “Give me the money or I’ll shoot. I have a gun.” He left the bank with $11,302.
Then , on November 4th 2010, Nolan, now using the alias “Alan Heffernan”, dropped his child off at day-care before entering the Chase bank in Randolph, NJ. He told the teller he had a bomb that would explode in 20 seconds and that she needed to give him the money quickly. He walked out of the bank with $46,211. That evening he picked his child up from care.
"This is a bomb," he told the teller, according to the criminal complaint in Superior Court in Morris County. "It’s going to go off in 20 seconds. I want all your 100’s, 50’s and 20’s. Give me all your money. Hurry. Hurry."
A police K9 detective dog traced the robber’s scent to a rear parking lot of a Dairy Queen where police found a key ring and a key card that read “ YMCA Character Development." and used that to trace Nolan.
The key was traced to the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA in Mountain Lakes where Nolan’s son Luke was a member.
On his home computer cops found Yahoo searches for “bank opening procedures’ Chase Bank opening hours” and he had visited the site “bank-locations.com”
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According to reports in the Daily Record, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Alissa Hascup recommended a sentence of 12 years in state prison with at least 85 percent of this term to be served before parole is considered.
Nolan’s lawyer, Peter Gilbreth, said his client understands that he will be deported upon his release from prison as he is living in the US illegally.
The court also heard that Nolan is the suspect in another robbery which took place in Morris County in 2004. However, due to the statute of limitations of five-years on the crime, he cannot be charged.
It is believed that without a plea agreement Nolan would face up to 40 years in prison.
His sentence will be decided on January 27th.