Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cops Collar Two Serial Bank Robbers in Queens by Jamie Schram and Candice M. Giove -

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These bandits weren’t fooling anybody.
Queens anti-crime cops arrested a team of serial bank robbers after becoming suspicious when a woman and a man entered a financial institution yesterday afternoon — wearing hoodies over their heads despite the blazing heat.
Police later recovered wigs, costumes and sunglasses from the group’s getaway car — not to mention handwritten notes demanding money and more than $10,000 in cash, polices sources said.
Two plainclothes cops first noticed Careather Williams, 32, and Dwight Washington, 28, both of Brooklyn, entering the Queens County Savings Bank in Fresh Meadows around 12:30 p.m. with their sweatshirt hoods over their heads, sources said.
When the pair came out of the bank, they headed straight for their getaway car — a Toyota Camry parking on the corner of 64th Avenue and 188th Street with its engine running, sources said. Inside was alleged getaway driver Ibn Abdul Mohammed, 24, and another cohort, Lashawn Solomon, 18, sources said.
The plainclothes cops moved in and arrested the four.
The suspects are believed to also have pulled off multiple bank heists on Long Island, sources said.
They were charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property in the Queens heist.