Fresh Meadows Man Cuffed For Bank Heists
Federal agents collared a man on Tuesday, June 3, identified as the “Gatsby Bandit,” an armed, middle-aged robber in a retro hat responsible for several bank heists across western Queens last month.
He was identified by the FBI New York’s office as 48-year-old Patrick Considine of Fresh Meadows, who was initially charged with holding up an HSBC Bank in Manhattan on May 27.
Authorities believe Considine is linked to three Queens heists the most recent of which took place on May 16 at the Astoria Federal Savings Bank located at 72-35 Broadway in Jackson Heights.
Reportedly, Considine hit two other locations earlier in the month: the Santander Bank at 83-20 Roosevelt Ave. on the Elmhurst/Jackson Heights border on May 7 and the Investors Bank at 31- 01 Broadway in Astoria on May 12.
Additional charges are pending the FBI’s ongoing investigation.
According to the FBI, it is believed the suspect displayed a black handgun during the earlier capers.
Federal agents dubbed him the “Gatsby Bandit” because he was observed wearing a tan Gatsby hat (or newsboy hat), a style named for the title character in author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and a 1920s fashion statement.