Citizens responding to the financial crisis robbed five banks in the city yesterday
. A WaMu was hit in the Bronx at 9:20 a.m., then a Valley National near Flatbush, then an HSBC in Long Island City, then the Sovereign Bank on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint -- and this was all before 11 a.m. At 3:30 someone robbed the TD Bank at Broadway and 62nd Street. The robberies are thought to be unrelated; each liberated $3,000 or less and have yielded no arrests nor casualties.
Bank robberies are up by 54 percent in the city this year, with a big surge around the holidays. They're up nationally too, with recent high-profile stick-ups in Silver Spring, Maryland, Charleston, South Carolina, and Phoenix, Arizona.