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Cops want thief who hit MidVill, Oz. Park banks

An image from a security camera released by police shows the man suspected of robbing two banks in the borough. Photo courtesy NYPD
By Joe Anuta

Police released a photo of a man suspected of robbing two banks over the past month, including one in the 104th Precinct, police said. The robbery came only weeks after the last stickup in the area, police said.

The man, described as a 6-foot-tall white man in his 30s, entered the Capital One Bank at 74-11 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village March 21 around 11:30 a.m., police said. After demanding cash from the employees, he pocketed the money and fled the scene, police said.

The same man is also suspected of sticking up an Ozone Park bank March 9, police said. The man entered a Citibank branch at 156-14 Cross Bay Blvd. at around 11:10 a.m., and also demanded cash before fleeing the scene, police said.

The man was last seen wearing a gray shirt and a black hat bearing the words “Avon Walk For Breast Cancer,” police said

The March 21 robbery came three weeks to the day after a man robbed another bank in the 104th Precinct, an Amalgamated Bank at 69-73 Grand Ave., police said. At around 11 a.m., the man entered the bank and grabbed an employee, police said.

The man then stuck an object into the employee’s back to simulate a firearm and then forced the employee to demand cash from a nearby teller, police said.

He then grabbed the cash and fled the scene, police said.

Police encouraged anyone with information about the robberies to contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-577-8477, through the Internet at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 and then entering TIP577.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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