Cops Nab Serial Bank Robber
Detectives from the NYPD’s major case squad nabbed a serial bank robber who had struck four times over the last two months, just a day after he robbed the Bank of America branch on Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway.
Thadius Ulmer, 39, was arrested at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday on Birdsall Avenue in Far Rockaway. Police sources say that he was tracked to the apartment of a relative, with whom he often shared drugs.
The hunt for Ulmer began in earnest on Tuesday afternoon, when police officers and detectives from the 101 Precinct and the NYPD’s major case squad spread out over Far Rockaway shortly after Ulmer (who is also know locally as David Cannon) took $3,000 from the Bank of America branch at 231 Beach 20 Street.
According to police sources, Ulmer is the same man who recently robbed the Chase bank in Far Rockaway and struck the NorthFork Bank twice.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Ulmer, wearing a maroon sweater and a hat, allegedly passed Karema Franklin, a teller at the bank, a note that demanded money. The note threatened violence against bank personnel and customers if his demand was not fulfilled.
Franklin complied, giving him the money. Police said Ulmer then fled north on Beach 20 Street, shedding his sweater and hat at Beach 20 Street and Plainview Avenue.
Search dogs from the NYPD’s K-9 unit were called in to search for the man and helicopters from the aviation unit surveyed rooftops in the area, all the way to Bayswater.
Police called a Level I Mobilization in the wake of the bank robbery and checkpoints were set up throughout Far Rockaway and on the border with Nassau County.
A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney told The Wave on Thursday morning that there had not been a determination of charges against Ulmer and that there was a possibility that he would be charged in federal court rather than in Queens Supreme Court.