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Front Page July 16, 2009  RSS feed

TRIPLE THE TROUBLE AT AREA BANK

Another Crook Comes Calling At Branch
by Robert Pozarycki

Using a handgun as his withdrawal slip, a bandit swiped thousands of dollars in cash last Thursday, July 9, from a Long Island City bank that had been held up on two other occasions earlier this year, according to police. Law enforcement sources said the caper occurred at the Sovereign Bank branch located at 24-29 Jackson Ave.

As previously reported, the location was robbed on Jan. 20 and again on Feb. 2. Following the February heist, a 34-year-old Manhattan man was caught by members from the 108th Precinct and was linked to other bank robberies around the city.

The bandit behind last Thursday's stickup—described as an African- American male standing 6'2" tall with a skinny build—remains at large as of press time, according to police.

Reportedly, the trouble began at around 10:10 a.m., when the perpetrator entered the Sovereign Bank and approached a teller.

Upon arriving at the counter, police said, the suspect displayed a firearm and demanded cash.

After receiving several thousands of dollars in currency, it was noted, he fled from the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 108th Precinct responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Police units combed the surrounding area looking for the suspect involved; despite their efforts, it was noted, no immediate arrests were made.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the NYPD Major Case Squad and the Joint Bank Robenue bery Task Force, law enforcement sources said.

Anyone with any information regarding last Thursday's heist that could prove helpful is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (followed by the code TIP577) or online at their website, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.