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Crime & Cases December 21, 2012  RSS feed


Wanted For Stealing Cash At Qns. Banks
by Robert Pozarycki

A security camera image of the suspected robber. A security camera image of the suspected robber. The suspect behind a series of recent bank heists around Queens—including a theft in Middle Village back in August— reportedly struck again at a bank in Jackson Heights last Wednesday, Dec. 12, law enforcement sources said.

According to police, the perpetrator hit the Chase bank located at 77- 01 31st Ave. at around 5:40 p.m. last Wednesday. Reportedly, it was the fifth location the suspect held up in the borough since July.

In each of the incidents, authorities said, the crook—described as a black or Hispanic male between 25 and 35 years of age, standing between 5’8”- and 6’-tall, weighing between 180 and 200 lbs. and usually wearing a blue shirt, jeans, sunglasses and a New York Yankees baseball cap— passed a demand note to the teller and displayed a handgun concealed in a newspaper or his waistband.

Police said the employees confronted by the bandit in each robbery attempt complied with the demand and provided undisclosed sums of currency to him.

According to authorities, the crook first struck on the afternoon of July 17, robbing an Amalgamated Bank branch located at 78-01 37th Ave. in Jackson Heights at around 3 p.m.

Nearly a month later, police said, he robbed the Chase bank located at 74-03 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village at around 5:50 p.m. on Aug. 10. Ten days after that incident, it was reported, he swiped money from an HSBC bank located at 22-15 43rd Ave. in Long Island City at around 1:50 p.m. on Aug. 20.

Finally, the suspect took money from the Chase bank at 28-56 Steinway St. in Astoria at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the NYPD Major Case Squad, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding the pattern or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-577-TIPS, by text message to 274637 (enter the information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.