Trial Begins for Man Accused of Stealing $240k from Long Island Bank in 1993

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Nassau County Police Department
In March 1993, two masked men with guns entered an a Long Island branch of European American Bank and left with $241,000. An armored car had delivered the cash right before the men arrived. It was the biggest bank robbery in Nassau County history.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Caught After Police Chase on NJ Turnpike

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Before the chase and the arrest, there was the robbery. Edison, New Jersey, police got the call at 10:36 a.m. on Friday: a man was robbing the Investors Savings Bank. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. And by the time officers arrived, the suspected robber was hopping into a green minivan.

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Police Looking for Suspect Who Stole 34k in Five Queens Bank Robberies

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NYPD
Police say this man has tried to rob seven banks.
The spree, according to police, began two years ago. The suspect robbed Amalgamated Bank in Jackson Heights, Queens. Since then, police suspect that the same man has struck at six other banks across the borough, most recently last week.

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Here Is Footage of Three Men Robbing an Armored Truck in Queens

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FBI
On January 31, three men robbed an armored truck in Queens. They parked in front of a HSBC Bank outlet in Queens and waited for an armored car to make its regularly scheduled cash pick up around noon. They held up the guard at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed sum of money.

Nearly six months later, the case remains unsolved. On Wednesday the FBI released the security camera footage showing how the bandits pulled the theft.

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Bank Thieves Saw Through Roof Under Cover of July 4 Fireworks, Steal $290k

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The average take in a bank robbery is around $4,000, according to federal authorities. That's because most heists are the hurried. Note to the teller, cash into the pockets, out the door before the police arrive. The big money is in the safe and cracking a safe take a sophisticated and creative approach (and happens in less than five percent of bank robberies).

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Bank Robber Demands Only $100 from Tellers, Fails

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Not every bank robbery is as dramatic as in Dog Day Afternoon.
Bank robbery, in general, is crime of volume. Less than five percent of thieves crack the safe. The great majority, focused on getting out of the building as quickly as possible, target the money with the tellers at the counter. The average take of a bank robbery is $4,000. The big money, as history has shown, goes to the bandits who master the criminal art and execute a steady string of heists.

Volume was certainly the strategy of the bank robber suspected of striking seven banks across New York City within three days last week. This man's aim, however, did not appear to be big money. The note he handed tellers demanded just $100.

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The "Gatsby Bandit" Is Suspected of Three Queens Bank Robberies in Nine Days

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FBI
The FBI calls him the "Gatsby Bandit" because of the hat. The middle-aged man suspected of three recent Queens bank robberies wore a tan driving cap during a May 16 heist at Astoria Federal Savings Bank on Broadway. He also wore a similar hat, only in blue, in separate robberies on May 12 at Investors Bank on Broadway and May 7 at Santander Bank on Roosevelt Avenue.

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Disguises, Bomb Threats, and Gasoline: Recent Check Cashing Robbery Attempts in NYC

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U.S. Attorneys Office-Eastern District of New York
The scene of the 2012 Valentine's Day Heist.
Robbing a check cashing outlet is much less straightforward than robbing a bank. For a bank heist, a note demanding money is all a thief needs; the tellers are trained to hand it over. Banks have other tools - like exploding dye-packs and GPS trackers hidden in cash bundles - to foil the bank robbers on the back end.

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How Bank Robbery Trends Have Shifted in America Over the Years

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Bank robberies hold a special place in America mythology. So much so that the bank robbery page of the FBI's website dedicates an entire section to "Famous Cases & Criminals," with detailed biographies and case narratives of bandits like John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, and "Pretty Boy" Floyd.

These were outlaws stealing not from fellow citizens but a great big bank insured by the great big government. They had the charisma to own a room and the cool head to work fast and clean.

But the image of the Great American Bank Robber is an antiquated one. Times change and so have bank robbers.

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Wanted: NYC's 16 At-Large Bank Robbery Suspects

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NYPD Crime Stoppers
A few of the faces wanted by the police for bank robbery.
This week's feature story details a heist: three men, dressed as cops, stole $200,000 in just three minutes from a check-cashing outlet on Valentines Day 2012. They carried guns and doused the doors and counters with bleach to erase any DNA trace. They wore masks so realistic that the witnesses didn't realize the robbers were disguised. It had all the marks of a professional job. They had meticulously prepared and then executed nearly to perfection.

Within seven months they were in handcuffs, facing charges.

Robbing a bank projects the illusion of ease. Anybody can walk out with the money. The trick is getting away with it. As of this week, at least 16 bank robbers in New York City are working on that second part. Like the robbers in our feature story, these 16 suspects are listed on the NYPD's Crime Stoppers website.

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