Robbing the Same Bank Over and Over Whenever You Need Cash Is a Thing, Apparently
On Monday, we wrote an article about a Brooklyn bandit who has robbed the same Crown Heights Apple Bank three times in the past year and a half. We, for the record, were flabbergasted by the amount of chutzpah the guy had for returning to the scene of the crime where he ostensibly could have (should have?) been recognized and arrested on the spot. As it turns out, though, robbing anything or anyone three times over the course of 20 months is small potatoes, because the NYPD is on the hunt for another robber who they claim has already robbed the same bank three times this month.
With security like this, who even needs a 401(k)?
The suspect is a light-skinned black male estimated to be in his twenties, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-7, and about 140 pounds. His spree started on the first of this month, when just after 2 p.m. he walked into the Valley National Bank at 94-05 63 Drive in the Queens neighborhood of Rego Park. He walked up to the teller and slipped a note. The teller retrieved an undisclosed sum of cash for the thief, and then he fled the bank on foot.
The man repeated the tactic 11 days later, on October 12, around noon. It wasn't until his third trip to the bank around 2 p.m. this Monday that the suspect's face was captured on surveillance.
If you recognize the bank robber or have a lead, authorities say to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.