Brigantine man pleads to bank robbery, admits to two others

A Brigantine man admitted Tuesday that he robbed three banks last year.
Matthew Burney, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, admitting he wore a mask and threatened to shoot someone if the alarms was activated during the Dec. 8 robbry of the PNC Bank in Marlton, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.
During the plea hearing, Burney also admitted committing two additional bank robberies.
Burney 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, according to the charges. 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, on Feb. 28, 2017, and the Bank of America in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 9, 2017.
The bank robbery charge carries a maximum 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.
A sentencing date was not given.

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