Maspeth Bandit Voiced Cash Demand

Alleged Ridgewood Bank Robber Also Cuffed

Using threatening words, a crook reportedly scored a bundle of cash from a Maspeth bank during a heist last Saturday morning, Oct. 18.

Law enforcement sources said the robbery occurred at about 11:50 a.m. inside the Amalgamated Bank located at 69-73 Grand Ave.

According to police, the perpetrator-described as a heavy-set white male between 40 and 50 years old standing about 5’6″-tall while wearing blue gloves, black sunglasses and a black jacket, hat and sweatpants-entered the location, approached the teller and demanded money.

Sources familiar with the investigation stated the bandit announced the holdup and claimed he wasn’t “messing around.” Reportedly, no weapons were mentioned or displayed.

Police said the teller complied with the demanded and handed over $873 in cash to the suspect. Upon taking the money, he fled the location in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the scene. There were no injuries.

Despite a search of the surrounding area, law enforcement sources said, no immediate arrests were made.

The NYPD Major Case Squad is investigating the incident, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the heist or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is 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.

Arrest in Ridgewood heist

In a related story, police picked up a Brooklyn man last week who held up a Ridgewood bank earlier this month.

Law enforcement sources identified the perpetrator as 47- year-old John B. Grant of Kosciuszko Street in Bedford- Stuyvesant, who was arraigned on third-degree robbery charges last Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Reportedly, Grant swiped cash from the Chase bank located at 60-67 Myrtle Ave. at around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 7.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Grant allegedly walked into the location and passed a demand note to the teller.

In the note, police said, Grant allegedly claimed that he had a weapon.

Seconds later, authorities stated, the teller complied with the demand and handed $2,000 in cash to Grant. He reportedly took the money and fled in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the heist. There were no injuries.

Based on information obtained during its investigation, law enforcement sources said, the NYPD Major Case Squad tracked Grant down last Monday, Oct. 13. Det. Paul Vaneyken of the squad subsequently arrested Grant.

During last Tuesday’s arraignment, Queens Supreme Court Judge Gia Morris ordered Grant held on $75,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail and to return to court on Oct. 30.

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