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Police Seek Help in Locating Serial Bank Robber, Suspect Allegedly Hit Chase Bank in Sunnyside in July

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Oct. 8, 2014 By Christian Murray

Call him the 21st Century version of Willie Sutton or John Dillinger.

The police are searching for a man who has robbed eight Queens banks—and attempted to rob two others—in the past 2 1/2 years.

The banks have been scattered throughout the borough—covering Jackson Heights, Middle Village, Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing, East Elmhurst and Sunnyside. In total, the suspect has taken in about $50,000.

One of the robberies occurred at the Chase Bank branch at 47-11 Queens Blvd, where the suspect approached a teller and passed her a note—before fleeing with $5,900 in cash. That incident occurred on July 25, 2014 (see story).

The suspect’s modus operandi has been to enter a bank, pass a note and—on four occasions—display a firmarm. He also tends to hold a mobile phone up against his ear. No injuries have resulted from his spree.

The suspect (see photo) is believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, approximately 6-feet-tall and weighing about 200 pounds.

Police said he was last seen wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat and a button-down short sleeve shirt. He also had a light beard connected to a goatee, tinted eye glasses and a black wrist watch on his left wrist.

The first incident occurred on July 17, 2012, when he allegedly entered into an Amalgamated Bank at 78-01 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights and took off with $1,450.suspect1

The latest robbery occurred Saturday, when the suspected entered Chase Bank at 69-55 Grand Avenue, passed a note and left with $5,170.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Jose

Both chase branches on the blvd get exactly what they deserve. Over staffed low salaried mall cop at best so called managers. All chase will do is charge customers more monthly service charges and demand more minimum amounts in our account. Wake up people start banking at TD chase is the thief not the robber in the picture.

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SunnysidePosthatesme16

I am positive that guy got that lovely shirt from King Boulevard.

Glad it’s going away..we won’t miss that place clothing criminals ! am I right guys?!?!?

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Golden Man Sean Hannity

overweight latino yankee fans, that narrows it down to about 2 million people in nyc alone.

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Grace

I don’t think this can be classified as robbery. He can simply defend himself (unless they have a sound recording of him or a picture with a firearm) by saying “I walked in, and I asked the teller if she can give me $2000 and they did, I did not threatened anyone”, Case closed he walks.
I thought banks had security guards, what happened to those?

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