Manchester man robbed Berkeley bank to repay youth baseball theft: Cops – Asbury Park Press

Manchester man robbed Berkeley bank to repay youth baseball theft: Cops - Asbury Park Press

Manager of N.J. youth baseball team stole $6,500 from group and then robbed bank to repay money, cops say

The manager and treasurer of a youth travel baseball team in Ocean County has been charged with stealing $6,500 from the organization and later robbing a bank in a neighboring town to try to repay the money while using his state-issued vehicle as a getaway car, authorities said.

Michael Walters, 52, of the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester, is charged with theft by deception and issuing a bad check, township police said in a statement. Walters is also charged with robbing a Santander Bank on Jamaica Boulevard in Berkeley, police said. Walters getaway car in the bank robbery was a Division of Child Protection and Permanency vehicle, according to police.

The story started to unfold Wednesday when coaches and team representatives for the age 10 and under team reported the suspected theft of the money to police in Manchester after learning Walters didnt pay the winner of a fundraiser. Authorities in Manchester began an investigation.

The investigation started when authorities received an anonymous letter detailing the alleged theft from the Little League.

The next day, a masked Walters walked into the bank wearing dark clothes and handed the teller a note demanding money, authorities said. After being handed money, Walters fled on foot to his car, which he parked a distance away in an effort to thwart detection,, according to police. Walters then went to Manchester police staton and announced he was there to repay the money missing from the baseball organization, police said.

Manchester detectives were aware of the bank robbery, though, and found it strange that Walters showed up around the same time with a large amount of money, police said. They then obtained a search warrant and found items used in the robbery and cash were found in the vehicle, police said.

Berkeley police added that surveillance footage from doorbell cameras near the bank helped them gather evidence.

The money Walters allegedly stole was earmarked to purchase equipment and pay entry fees to tournaments.

A spokesman for the state division of Children and Families didnt immediately respond to a message from NJ Advance Media asking about Walters job status.

Police are still investigating and additional charges are possible. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Richard Jupinka at 732-657-2009 ext. 420. Anonymous tips can be submitted online here.

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For a manager of an Ocean County youth baseball team, the attempted cover up was worse than the original crime, according to the charges he's now facing.

Michael Walters, 52, was arrested Thursday after being accused of stealing more than $6,500 from his team in Manchester — and then robbing a bank in neighboring Berkeley in order to pay it back. Police said he also used his government-owned vehicle from his job with the state's child welfare agency as the getaway car.

Police first became involved on Wednesday when coaches and team representatives for a local Boys 10U travel baseball team contacted them about their worries that Walters may have been pilfering funds that were meant for equipment, traveling expenses and other team fees.

Their suspicions were raised when Walters was unable to pay one of the team's fundraising winners, Manchester police said.

The next day, Walters arrived at the Manchester police station and told officers that he had come into a large amount of cash, which he was able to use to pay back the team, officials said.

Officers in Manchester were already aware that their colleagues in Berkeley were investigating a Thursday morning robbery of a Santander Bank on Jamaica Boulevard. Police there said a heavily disguised masked bandit walked into the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money and walked out with cash.

Using residential surveillance video, Berkeley police said they matched Walters' vehicle — which belongs to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, an agency that pays Walters a $57,400 base salary — with the car seen near the bank. They said the car was a perfect match.

Berkeley police got a search warrant about 11 p.m. and said they found money and "items used in the robbery" in the car.

Walters was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery in connection to the bank, and theft by deception and issuing a bad check for more than $500 in connection to the team.

He was being held at Ocean County Jail on Friday awaiting a court hearing. New Jersey 101.5 did know Friday whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email [email protected]

For a 52-year-old manager of an Ocean County youth baseball team, the attempted cover up was worse than the original crime, according to the charges hes now facing.

For a manager of an Ocean County youth baseball team, the attempted cover up was worse than the original crime, according to the charges hes now facing.

Michael Walters, 52, was arrested Thursday after being accused of stealing more than $6,500 from his team in Manchester — and then robbing a bank in neighboring Berkeley in order to pay it back. Police said he also used his government-owned vehicle from his job with the states child welfare agency as the getaway car.

Police first became involved on Wednesday when coaches and team representatives for a local Boys 10U travel baseball team contacted them about their worries that Walters may have been pilfering funds that were meant for equipment, traveling expenses and other team fees.

Their suspicions were raised when Walters was unable to pay one of the teams fundraising winners, Manchester police said.

The next day, Walters arrived at the Manchester police station and told officers that he had come into a large amount of cash, which he was able to use to pay back the team, officials said.

Officers in Manchester were already aware that their colleagues in Berkeley were investigating a Thursday morning robbery of a Santander Bank on Jamaica Boulevard. Police there said a heavily disguised masked bandit walked into the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money and walked out with cash.

Using residential surveillance video, Berkeley police said they matched Walters vehicle — which belongs to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, an agency that pays Walters a $57,400 base salary — with the car seen near the bank. They said the car was a perfect match.

Berkeley police got a search warrant about 11 p.m. and said they found money and \”items used in the robbery\” in the car.

Walters was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery in connection to the bank, and theft by deception and issuing a bad check for more than $500 in connection to the team.

He was being held at Ocean County Jail on Friday awaiting a court hearing. New Jersey 101.5 did know Friday whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email [email protected]

For a manager of an Ocean County youth baseball team, the attempted cover up was worse than the original crime, according to the charges he's now facing.

Michael Walters, 52, was arrested Thursday after being accused of stealing more than $6,500 from his team in Manchester — and then robbing a bank in neighboring Berkeley in order to pay it back. Police said he also used his government-owned vehicle from his job with the state's child welfare agency as the getaway car.

Police first became involved on Wednesday when coaches and team representatives for a local Boys 10U travel baseball team contacted them about their worries that Walters may have been pilfering funds that were meant for equipment, traveling expenses and other team fees.

Their suspicions were raised when Walters was unable to pay one of the team's fundraising winners, Manchester police said.

The next day, Walters arrived at the Manchester police station and told officers that he had come into a large amount of cash, which he was able to use to pay back the team, officials said.

Officers in Manchester were already aware that their colleagues in Berkeley were investigating a Thursday morning robbery of a Santander Bank on Jamaica Boulevard. Police there said a heavily disguised masked bandit walked into the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money and walked out with cash.

Using residential surveillance video, Berkeley police said they matched Walters' vehicle — which belongs to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, an agency that pays Walters a $57,400 base salary — with the car seen near the bank. They said the car was a perfect match.

Berkeley police got a search warrant about 11 p.m. and said they found money and "items used in the robbery" in the car.

Walters was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery in connection to the bank, and theft by deception and issuing a bad check for more than $500 in connection to the team.

He was being held at Ocean County Jail on Friday awaiting a court hearing. New Jersey 101.5 did know Friday whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email [email protected]


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