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North Arlington police nab photogenic bank robbery suspect

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : Didn’t take long for North Arlington police to catch a man they said held up one of their banks less than two weeks ago while waving a gun and all but smiling for the surveillance cameras.

With help from their counterparts in Newark and at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, a team of North Arlington officer tracked Nathaniel Barreto, 27, to Florida and then back up the East Coast, before arresting him yesterday in Newark and finding $1,114 in cash in his apartment, taken March 26 from the Bank of America on Ridge Road in his apartment, Police Chief Chief Louis M. Ghione told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Ghione said there were “six bundles of cash, each wrapped in a Bank of America currency band…. Other items were located that also linked Mr. Barreto to the crime.”

Official charges: robbery and two weapons counts. Barreto is being held on $350,000 cash at the Bergen County Jail.

Barreto (l.) initially made it easy for police:

Even though he tried to conceal his face, he looked directly at the teller AND at the surveillance cameras. (See: Brazen bank robber all but smiles for the cameras )

But then he went on the run, making the task tougher.

North Arlington’s finest were up to the task, though, Ghione said. He cited three detectives — Lt. Keith Walton, Sgt. Joseph Prinzo, and Mark Ballantyne — and Police Officer Michael Horton for their exhausive work in identifying and tracking down Barreto, recovering the loot, and getting positive identifications from people at the bank.

“They did a bang-up job,” the chief said.

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