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

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

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

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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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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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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Bank Robber Has Pulled Seven Tri-State Heists in Three Months

The suspect just before his most recent heist in New Rochelle.
At around 4:30 p.m. last Thursday, a man in a dark Miami Marlins cap, a gray long-sleeve shirt, and blue jeans walked into a Chase bank in New Rochelle. He handed the teller a note, demanded money, and claimed he had a gun.

The man walked out with $3,000 in coins.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that the robber in the security camera footage was a familiar face. The New Rochelle heist, the feds said, was the man's seventh bank robbery in three months.

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Zombies Rob Bank

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On Saturday, October 27, two men walked into a Capital One Bank at Ovington Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn just after 2 p.m. One had on a red plaid shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes. The other had on a gray shirt with jeans and dark sneakers. They were both wearing blue latex gloves, and they both carried handguns. And, they were wearing zombie masks.

According to the NYPD, the two approached the bank teller and demanded money. The teller went and retrieved an undisclosed sum, then handed it to the subjects. The pair fled the bank.

That's supposed to be the end of the story, but it's not, because luckily enough, some bank robbers are bad at robbing banks. On the Saturday before Halloween, the day that millions of young adults around the world were dressed in costumes--many of them, in fact, wearing street clothes while hiding their faces under assorted lame masks--our zombies left their eventual getaway vehicle, a silver four-door sedan, with their masks off, and walked up to the bank with their blue latex gloves on.

Their faces were captured on nearby security cameras approaching the bank. The guy in plaid is white, and estimated at 5-foot-10. The one in gray is also white, and about two inches  shorter. They both were brunettes with short, cropped haircuts. 

If one of these cretins zombies looks familiar, call NYPD Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. And for you young, aspiring delinquents out there, let this be a lesson: if you're planning on using a mask to rob a bank, it's generally a good idea to actually wear the mask.
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...C'mon, son.

Robbing the Same Bank Over and Over Whenever You Need Cash Is a Thing, Apparently

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With security like this, who even needs a 401(k)?
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.

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

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