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

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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.
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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 www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


This Guy Has Robbed a Brooklyn Bank Three Times Since Last Year

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At some point, someone needs to just ask him for his name.
Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing two Brooklyn Apple Banks a combined four times since early last year.

Officers say the suspect is a six-foot-tall black male with a graying beard who is probably between 40 and 60 years old and between 150 and 200 pounds (and based on that description alone, could almost literally be anyone). The spree started on February 1, 2011, when he walked into an Apple Bank (not to be confused with the trillion-dollar-to-be company) on 318 Albany Avenue in Crown Heights. He entered just after noon, walked up to the front counter, surreptitiously pulled out a gun, and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. When the teller brought him an undisclosed sum of cash, he fled the scene on foot.

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What Should You Wear To Rob a Bank?

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Blame Sex and the City...

Today brings us news of the "Burberry bandit," a man who reportedly robbed 14 Manhattan banks to fuel his high-fashion addiction, according to the New York Post.

Cornell Neilly, 21, supposedly used the haul from the heists to buy "$400 sneakers and a Burberry shirt" which he allegedly wore during one of the robberies. Experts cited by the Post give Neilly big props. They say he ranks second in criminal fashionability, after socialite bank robber Patty Hearst.

While it's easy to poke fun at Neilly's supposed need for haute couture, you shouldn't! For this string of serial incidents brings up a more important point: What should you wear to rob a bank?

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Henry Hill, Goodfellas Gangster, on Art, the Witness Protection Program, and His Adult Circumcision

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Henry Hill was best known by Ray Liotta's face. An East New York native famously mentored by the Lucchese crime family, Hill was the Lufthansa-heisting mobster whose 1986 memoir, the Nicholas-Pileggi-shaped Wiseguy, served as the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's modern classic Goodfellas. As TMZ reported last night, Hill died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 69.

Hill's life consisted of well-documented involvements with the dirty businesses of narcotics, extortion, robbery, and one major point-shaving college-basketball scandal. Eventually he became an FBI informant and entered the Witness Protection Program until he was expelled for, in his words, "being a Goodfella." He then lived openly under his real name, relocating to Topanga County, becoming a recurring guest on Howard Stern, and hawking his paintings through an eBay store. In 2007, the enterprising ex-con opened a mob-themed restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut called Wiseguys. (An attic fire mysteriously broke out shortly after the establishment opened.)

That same year, the Voice spoke with the self-described "bullshit artist" about spaghetti sauce, his artistic muse ("whatever goes through my sick, fuckin' mind"), his Witness Protection Program dismissal, and "learning to fuck again" after his late-life circumcision. Reprinted below is an edited version of Michael Clancy's Runnin' Scared dialogue with the legendary gangster.

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The Fastest Bank Robber of All Time: 3 Brooklyn Banks, 30 Minutes Flat

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We don't know if we should "Bravo!" this guy or start locking up our own cash in vaults (the Times described the suspect's non-violent rampage as a "mini-crime wave." What a title).

In Midwood yesterday afternoon, NYPD officials say that a bank robber flew through three separate banks on Kings Highway... in a half an hour. And the suspect on the lam had a success rate of 66%. 

Now, that is criminal efficiency; just check out this rundown:

2:15pm - Apple Bank, 1321 Kings Highway, Score.

2:30pm - Capital One, 1226 Kings Highway, Fail.

2:40pm - HSBC, 1621 Kings Highway, Score. 

Damn. And, what's even more impressive is that the suspect never used a weapon.
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Gun-Toting Robber Hits Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Jackson Heights

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A man has robbed five Brooklyn and Queens businesses at gunpoint, and cops want your help bringing this jerk to justice.

Police say that he began his crime spree on Sept. 25, around 12:15 a.m., when he stormed into a Greenpoint Dunkin Donuts at 356 McGuiness Boulevard, shot a gun, and fled with cash.

The suspected perp then hit a Williamsburg Capital One Bank, located at 185 Broadway, on Oct. 18.

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Queens Bank Robber at Large

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Cops say that the man pictured here robbed a Chase Bank at 57-27 Main Street, in Queens, around 5:22 p.m. on Friday.

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Wanted: Brooklyn Bank Robber

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A bank robber has recently hit two Capital One branches in Brooklyn, and cops want your help finding him.

The New York Police Department says the suspected perp (pictured here), walked into the Williamsburg bank, at 185 Broadway, around 5:41 p.m. on Dec. 29. He demanded cash and then fled on foot. He didn't get any money.

The second time, he's said to have pulled the same ruse at the Capital One located at 856 Washington Avenue, in Prospect Heights, on Dec. 30 around 4:30 p.m. This time, though, he managed to get some green before fleeing.

Cops describe the alleged robber as a 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 10, 250-pound black male, between ages 20 and 39. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black ski cap, plaid scarf, black pea coat, blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Look familiar? Then call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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