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A poker-faced thief armed with menacing missives is making a career out of robbing Brooklyn’s financial institutions.
Investigators said that the same note-passing bandit is responsible for robbing seven borough banks, as well as nine others in Manhattan and Queens.
His resume has been mostly built by double-dipping — if he doesn’t get what he wants from the first heist, he’ll scout the area until he finds another bank to rob.
Police estimate that the suspect, described as a burly, 6’1” black male between 20 and 30 years old, has been robbing banks since the end of March.
After targeting banks in Manhattan throughout the spring and summer, he cam to Brooklyn on October 23 and was found passing a note at the Washington Mutual Bank at 833 Flatbush Avenue, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.
Yet this is one thief who doesn’t believe in nesting in a certain area.
Two days after robbing the Flatbush bank, he turned up in Greenpoint, robbing the Sovereign Bank at 717 Manhattan Avenue.
On October 29, he returned back to Flatbush, this time passing a threatening note to a teller at a Bank of America at 515 Ocean Avenue.
Police said that this month the thief visited a Capital One Bank at 7110 Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge and then another Capital One Bank at 2102 Ralph Avenue on November 3.
The two robberies took place just over an hour apart, which has led police to believe that he has a car or uses car service, since it is difficult to get from Bay Ridge to Mill Basin in that span of time. Both locations, however, are off the Belt Parkway.
Most recently, the thief has returned to Greenpoint, where he robbed a Bank of America on Manhattan Avenue on November 6.
On November 8, he was again found in the northern end of the borough, robbing the Sovereign Bank on Smith Street.
With his eyes covered with dark shades, the thief betrays no emotion as he passes the threatening note to tellers.
Cops did not disclose what was said in the note, although no weapons had ever been displayed in the thefts. Neither have any injuries been reported, they said.
Anyone with information regarding this man’s identity or whereabouts is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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