Detectives have linked the crook behind two robbery bids at banks in Long Island City on Wednesday to seven similar capers in Brooklyn.
Law enforcement sources said the bandit tried unsuccessfully to withdraw cash from the Bank of America, located at 24-10 Jackson Ave., at 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 28. Reportedly, he approached a teller and held up a demand note against the booth window.
Authorities said the teller then walked away from the position without providing any money. The crook then walked away from the bank — and headed a few blocks over to the TD Bank located at 21-31 46th Ave.
At about 10:58 a.m. Wednesday morning, police said, the suspect presented a demand note to a teller, who subsequently provided him with $1,000. The bandit fled the scene in an unknown direction.
Both the 108th Precinct and the NYPD Major Case Squad responded to the Long Island City robberies. No injuries were reported.
Through an investigation, cops linked the suspect to seven bank jobs in Brooklyn dating back to Jan. 2 of this year. In each instance, he received cash after presenting demand notes to the tellers.
Police obtained clear footage of the suspect from the Bank of America in Long Island City. He’s described as a black man between 30 and 40 years of age, standing 5 foot, 7 inches tall. During the heist, he was seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black knit cap, a multicolored scarf over his face and black pants.
Anyone with information regarding the robberies or the suspect’s whereabouts can 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.