NORTH PLAINFIELD — Police say a Plainfield man frustrated at his troubles cashing a $275 check threatened to rob a bank — and then sat down and waited as police headed to the branch.

Troy C. Crane, 56, of Coolidge Street in Plainfield was arrested without incident after the incident late Friday morning, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield Police said.

At about 11:20 a.m. North Plainfield Police responded to the Valley National Bank on Route 22 East on a report of a bank alarm, police said.

They were told by bank employees Crane attempted to cash a Valley National Bank personal check made out to him in the amount of $275, but the transaction was denied by a bank employee until confirmation could be authorized from the account holder.

Crane became upset with the employee and departed the bank, police said.

But soon after, he returned and spoke to another bank employee, saying he "needed money," police said. He also said he would “attempt to rob this place,” police said.

The bank employee gave Crane a sum of money — and then he sat in a chair in the bank, police said.

He eventually got up and went back to the same employee to ask "How long will the cops take to get here?” police said.

When they did, Crane was placed under arrest. He's been charged with third-degree
uttering a forged document, and third-degree creating a false public alarm. He was lodged n the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, with a 10 percent option.

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