YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Hackensack police today charged a man dubbed the taxi cab bandit with the New Year’s Eve robbery of a CVS following his arrest yesterday by Elmwood Park and South Hackensack police for a bank robbery, a Route 46 motel holdup and two botched attempts of local fast-food restaurants.
The new charges boost the bail for Gregory Morehouse, 31, of Clifton, to a combined $850,000.
Morehouse wore the same dark, hooded sweatshirt with white inner lining in the CVS afternoon holdup as he did more than two hours later when he robbed a Chase branch in Elmwood Park of $500 after threatening to shoot the teller, multiple law enforcement officials told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Morehouse pointed a 12-inch knife at the CVS cashier before grabbing money from the register around 3:45 p.m. that day, city Police Director Michael Mordaga said.
Although he fled on foot, he vanished quickly, leading police to suspect a car was waiting — “possibly a cab,” Mordaga said.
Around 6 p.m., Morehouse showed up at the Chase Bank branch on Broadway, Elmwood Park police said.
“He passed a note to [the teller] demanding money and threatened that he had a gun and that he would shoot her if she didn’t give him the money,” Police Chief Michael Foligno said. “He continually told her not to push the panic alarm.”
Two nights earlier, Morehouse handed clerks at the Burger King and Wendy’s on Route 46 notes demanding money, authorities told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Neither took him seriously.
“They looked at him as if to say: ‘You’re not really serious, are you?’ ” a law enforcement official said.
Morehouse ran out of each and hopped into the waiting cab before succeeding on the third try: A clerk at the nearby Airport Motel on Huyler Street “got scared and gave him the money,” Capt. Robert Kaiser told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Acting on a tip, detectives yesterday went to Bergen Regional Medical Center, where they found that Morehouse had been admitted for treatment.
Morehouse, who was also wanted on a pair of warrants out of Monmouth County, remained held in the Bergen County Jail.
He also was charged today with holding up a Paterson supermarket on Dec. 6.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
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