Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Glendale Bank Held Up For Second Time In Two Weeks - Crook Shows A Note To Cash In by Robert Pozarycki - Times Newsweekly

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For the second time this month, a Glendale bank branch has been held up by a note-carrying bandit, police reported.

Officers from the 104th Precinct secure the Capital One bank located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Glendale following a bank heist last Saturday, June 13. It was the second time this month that the branch was held up by a note carrying crook, according to police. (photo: Allen Epstein)

Law enforcement sources said a man swiped about $1,000 in cash from the Capital One bank located at 83-24 Woodhaven Blvd. at around 10 a.m. last Saturday morning, June 13.

Nearly two weeks earlier, police noted, the same branch was held up by a thief who used a demand note to gain a sum of money on the morning of Tuesday, June 2.

As reported in last week's issue of the Times Newsweekly, the suspect in that caper is believed to be linked to the June 5 robbery of the Chase bank branch located at 96-19 101st Ave. in Ozone Park.

Police sources could not immediately confirm a link between last Saturday's heist in Glendale to the two previous holdups.

Regarding last Saturday's caper, authorities said the suspect entered the Capital One branch located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard at around 10 a.m.

Upon arriving at the counter, police said, the suspect handed a teller a note demanding cash. After the employee complied with his request, it was reported, the perpetrator fled from the scene northbound on Woodhaven Boulevard.

Members of the 104th Precinct responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Various police units canvassed the surrounding area for the suspect involved. Despite their efforts, police said, no immediate arrests were made.

The suspect behind the heist was described by law enforcement sources as an African-American male standing 6' tall and weighing about 200 pounds.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Major Case Squad and the Joint Bank Robbery Task Force, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding the heist that could prove helpful is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Information may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (followed by the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.