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A SEASON TO STEAL

Suspects Sought For Two More Bank Heists
by Robert Pozarycki


As shown in the top photo, police secured the Maspeth Federal Savings bank on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood after it was held up by a note-carrying bandit last Thursday afternoon, July 21. The bottom image shows the closed Ridgewood Savings Bank main branch at the corner of Forest and Myrtle avenues in Ridgewood shortly after it was robbed on Tuesday, July 26. Police indicated that the two incidents do not appear to be related. As shown in the top photo, police secured the Maspeth Federal Savings bank on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood after it was held up by a note-carrying bandit last Thursday afternoon, July 21. The bottom image shows the closed Ridgewood Savings Bank main branch at the corner of Forest and Myrtle avenues in Ridgewood shortly after it was robbed on Tuesday, July 26. Police indicated that the two incidents do not appear to be related. Two note-carrying bandits who walked away with bundles of cash from Ridgewood banks in a pair of separate heists over the last week remain at large as of press time, according to police.


The suspect behind last Thursday’s heist at a Maspeth Federal Savings bank branch in Ridgewood is also wanted for two robbery bids of banks in Middle Village on July 18. The suspect behind last Thursday’s heist at a Maspeth Federal Savings bank branch in Ridgewood is also wanted for two robbery bids of banks in Middle Village on July 18. Reportedly, a crook swiped thousands of dollars from the Maspeth Federal Savings bank located at 66- 60 Fresh Pond Rd. last Thursday afternoon, July 21.

NYPD sources said that the suspect in the caper is believed to be the same bandit behind a pair of robbery bids in Middle Village last Monday, July 18. As reported in last week’s Times Newsweekly, an unidentified man failed in his attempt to rob a Chase bank on Metropolitan Avenue last Monday morning, but succeeded in taking cash from the Valley National Bank on 80th Street later that afternoon.

The suspect is also believed to responsible for the holdup of a Chase bank located at 3380 Fulton St. in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, on Saturday afternoon, July 9, it was reported.

In a separate heist, law enforcement sources said, another thief secured a quantity of cash from the Ridgewood Savings Bank’s main branch located at 71-02 Forest Ave. on Tuesday morning, July 26. The incident, according to police, appears be unrelated to the previously mentioned robberies.

Regarding last Thursday’s caper, police said the trouble began at around 2:20 p.m., when the suspect— described as a caucasian male between 20 and 45 years old with a slim build and a mustache, standing at 5’7”-tall and weighing 160 lbs.— walked into the Maspeth Federal Savings branch near the corner of Fresh Pond Road and Madison Street.

Law enforcement sources said the perpetrator—who was wearing a green t-shirt, blue shorts, white socks, black sneakers with white stripes and black sunglasses while carrying a lime green bag—approached a teller and submitted a note demanding cash. The employee reportedly handed the bandit several thousands dollars in cash.

After receiving the money, police said, the perpetrator fled from the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

Tuesday’s heist occurred at around 11:50 a.m. at the Ridgewood Savings bank located off the corner of Forest and Myrtle avenues, authorities stated.

Reportedly, the suspect in the holdup—described as a 50-year-old African-American male with a medium build, standing at 5’8”-tall, weighing 180 lbs. and wearing a green suit, dark glasses, and brown cowboy hat while carrying a black messenger bag—handed a teller a note demanding cash.

After receiving more than a thousand dollars in currency, the perpetrator fled from the scene on foot.

Members of the 104th Precinct re- sponded to both incidents. In each caper, no weapons were displayed and no injuries were reported.

Searches conducted after each incident ended with no arrests, it was noted. Both investigations are ongoing and being conducted by the 104th Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD Major Case Squad.

Anyone with any information regarding the robberies or the suspects’ whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-386-2735 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (enter information, then enter the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.