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In the end, his brightly colored shoes gave him away.
A 36-year-old bank robber ended up behind bars when a dye pack secreted within the stolen cash reportedly exploded in the thief’s pants, officials said this week.
Cops said that Michael Leyones, a resident of Pacific Street in Crown Heights, allegedly entered the Astoria Federal Savings bank at 459 Fifth Avenue near 10th Street just before noon on June 19 and passed the teller a note demanding the money from her drawer.
“Give me it all now, that stack too,” he was allegedly overheard saying in a threatening tone as he pointed to a heap of bills that the teller had not put in a bag for him.
Officials said that Leyones allegedly exited the bank with over $13,000 and fled the area in a white 1996 Cadillac.
Sometime later – probably just moments after he had exited the bank — Leyones put the money, secured in a yellow plastic sleeve, into his pants, according to a police report filed with the 78th Precinct.
That’s when the small charge inserted in the dye pack exploded and coated his legs and hands with red ink.
Leyones reportedly ditched the car at another bank – inside the parking lot of the Commerce Bank at Fifth Avenue and President Street.
Responding to witness accounts, cops showed up at the Commerce Bank, but found no one inside the car.
Pedestrians, however, told the police that whoever got out of the Cadillac was seen walking to the corner of Fifth Avenue and President Street, where he nonchalantly went into a nearby Mexican restaurant and ordered a tequila.
After enjoying his drink, trying his best not to look suspicious even though his clothes and hands were stained red, Leyones exited the bar.
Cops found Leyones standing at the corner trying to flag down a cab.
His shoes were coated in red ink that had apparently dribbled down his leg and through his sock.
Officials said that once Leyones saw the approaching cops, he gave up.
“You saw my shoes, right?” he asked as the police took him into custody, charging him with robbery.
Police said that they recovered just over $10,000 from the sleeve they found in his pants.
An additional $2,826 was found hidden his dye-stained socks, officials said.
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