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Thief Talks His Way Into Maspeth Heist

Without displaying a weapon or a note, a vocal bandit was able to swipe cash from a bank in Maspeth during a robbery last Saturday afternoon, May 4, police reported.

Police secured the Amalgamated Bank at the corner of Grand Avenue and 69th Place last Saturday, May 4, after a man stole cash using only a verbal demand.

Law enforcement sources said the caper took place at the Amalgamated Bank branch located at 69-73 Grand Ave.

As of press time Wednesday, police are continuing to search for the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic male believed to be 50 years old, standing 5’6″-tall and weighing 250 lbs.

Reportedly, he was last observed wearing a baseball cap with “NY” written on it, a dark colored jacket, black jeans and matching boots.

Police sources said the robbery occurred at around 12:20 p.m. last Saturday, when the crook walked into the bank located at the corner of Grand Avenue and 69th Place.

According to information obtained by law enforcement sources, the bandit approached the counter and announced the robbery to a teller. After demanding cash, police said, the employee handed over an undisclosed sum of currency.

Reportedly, the suspect fled from the scene on foot and was last observed heading northbound on 69th Place.

Members of the 104th Precinct, along with detectives from the NYPD Major Case Squad and the 104th Precinct Detective Squad, responded to the scene. There were no injuries.

Various police units searched the surrounding area for the bandit, but no immediate arrests were made, authorities noted.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding the heist or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-386-2735 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers via text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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