2005-04-15 / Community

Mott Avenue Bank Robber Strikes Again

By Brian Magoolaghan

  • North Fork Bank was the target of another note-job robbery Monday morning, and police now have important clues as to the identity of the man they think is behind a string of robberies in Far Rockaway.
  • In the latest hit, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, with a black stocking cap pulled over his face, entered the bank and passed a piece of paper to a female teller. The robber’s note demanded cash – and threatened that he would use a 9mm handgun to kill people in the bank if she refused, police said.

    The writing specified that the gun was loaded with 17 bullets, and demanded 60 of each of the following denominations: $100, $50 and $20.

    The man fled through the front door and got away with $1,750 in cash, police said. The frightened teller, meanwhile, told police she had trouble breathing after the incident, but she refused medical attention.

    Witnesses and authorities described the robber as a black male, age 25-30, 5 feet 9 inches in height and weighing about 155 pounds.

    Police canvassed the area in search of a suspect and recovered a stocking cap matching the one the robber wore from a building on Central Avenue, according to a source. The Detective Bureau this week released a still image from a video surveillance tape taken from the Chase bank at 19-12 Mott Avenue, which was robbed on March 9. The note-passing crook struck dressed in a black ski hat with a “NY” logo and a blue jacket made by The North Face.

    Monday’s robbery marks the second time this month that North Fork Bank, located at 20-10 Mott Avenue, was targeted. On April 2, a man fitting the same general description passed a note demanding cash and threatening to kill the bank’s patrons and staff.

    Police asked anyone with information to call the Major Case Squad at (718) 265-7384 or CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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