Gets A Grand By Passing Note, Ordering Cash
Using a note and a verbal demand, a bandit managed to illegally withdraw cash from a Woodside bank during a heist last Saturday afternoon, Jan. 11, law enforcement sources said.
Reportedly, the robbery occurred at about 12:28 p.m. last Saturday at the Astoria Federal Savings branch located at 60-20 Woodside Ave.
As of press time, police said, the suspect remains at large; he was described by the NYPD as a black man between 25 and 35 years of age who was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black ski cap and dark blue jeans.
Law enforcement sources stated the crook walked into the location, approached the counter and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. He reportedly repeated his demand verbally to the employee.
Seconds later, authorities stated, the teller provided the suspect with $1,000 in cash; unbeknownst to the bandit, it was noted, a dye pack was included with the currency.
The crook reportedly took the money and ran out of the bank; he was last seen heading toward Roosevelt Avenue on foot.
Members of the 108th Precinct responded to the incident. There were no reported injuries.
Police units canvassed the surrounding area looking for the suspect and the stolen loot. Despite their efforts, authorities said, no arrests were made and the cash was not recovered.
An investigation by the NYPD Major Case Squad is ongoing, police said. Reportedly, the heist does not appear to be related to any active robbery pattern.
Persons with information regarding the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful are asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-577-TIPS; by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577); or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
All calls and messages will be kept confidential.