Bandit in a patriotic hat sought for swiping cash from a bank branch in Astoria – QNS.com

Bandit in a patriotic hat sought for swiping cash from a bank branch in Astoria

Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD

An apparently patriotic thief who robbed an Astoria bank this week remains on the lam.

Police said the heist took place at 12:07 p.m. on Oct. 1 inside the Capital One Bank located at 31-17 Broadway.

According to law enforcement sources, the bandit walked up to a teller and presented a demand note. Moments later, the employee provided the suspect with an undisclosed sum of money.

Authorities said the crook took the money and ran out of the bank, heading eastbound on Broadway.

Officers from the 114th Precinct responded to a 911 call about the robbery; no injuries were reported.

On Oct. 3, police released security camera images of the suspect, who’s described as a white man believed to be 60 years of age, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 140 and 150 pounds.

He was seen wearing a black baseball cap emblazoned with the American flag and a bald eagle along with black sunglasses, a white t-shirt and gray pants. The suspect also carried a black backpack.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also present tips on the NYPD Crime Stoppers website, through the Crime Stoppers Twitter page (@NYPDTips) or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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