Crook sought for trying to rob a pair of Forest Hills banks in just 10 minutes

Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

That old cliche worked for a robber who made two bids to steal cash from banks located about a block from each other in Forest Hills on Friday morning, police said.

According to law enforcement sources, the crook first walked into the Queens County Savings Bank at 107-40 Queens Blvd. at 9:35 a.m. on July 21. The thief approached a 64-year-old female teller and handed over a note demanding cash.

When the teller refused to comply with his demands, authorities said, the suspect walked out of the bank empty-handed in an unknown direction.

The Queens County Savings Bank on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
The Queens County Savings Bank on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.  (photo via Google Maps)

But 10 minutes later, police said, the bandit entered the Capitol One Bank at 107-18 71st Ave. — around the corner from the Queens County Savings Bank — at 9:45 a.m. on Friday. After passing a demand note to a 24-year-old female teller, the crook received an undetermined amount of cash, then fled the scene.

Both robbery attempts were reported to the 112th Precinct; no injuries were reported.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male with a light complexion standing 5 foot 10 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and beige shorts.

Anyone with any information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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