2005-09-23 / Front Page

Cops Bust ‘Nervous’ (And Busy) Bank Robber

Captain Charles Neacy, Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct (in plainclothes), calls the shots Saturday at the Queens County Savings Bank at 104-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The man who police say robbed QCSB and Citibank has been arrested and charged. Captain Charles Neacy, Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct (in plainclothes), calls the shots Saturday at the Queens County Savings Bank at 104-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The man who police say robbed QCSB and Citibank has been arrested and charged. A Rockaway Beach man’s alleged bank robbing spree came to an end Monday night when police from the Major Case Squad deposited him behind bars.

Ronald J. Dundon, 42, is accused of passing threatening notes to local bank tellers, twice at the Queens County Savings Bank and once at Citibank. His notes demanded cash and threatened gun violence, according to court records.

Dundon’s spree began Saturday morning when he entered QCSB, at 104-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and passed his first note to a teller. “Give me $500. This is a robbery. I have a gun. I’ll use it no problem, and don’t pull the alarm, I’m nervous enough,” it said.

The frightened teller handed over $500 in cash, and Dundon fled on foot. Police responded to the bank, got a description of the robber and canvassed the area for a man wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket and dark sunglasses, but made no arrest.

Dundon, who lives at 106-00 Shore Front Parkway, laid low for the weekend but went back to work – robbing banks – Monday morning, court records allege. And he wanted to double his stolen salary.

A teller at Citibank, 113-01 Beach Channel Drive, said Dundon entered the bank at 10:10 a.m. and handed over a note that said, “Give me $1,000. This is a robbery. I have a gun, I’ll use it no problem, and don’t pull the alarm, I’m nervous enough.”

The teller refused to hand over the cash and a desperate Dundon, who had added a Yankee cap to his disguise, fled. Fifteen minutes later, as police were investigating at Citibank, Dundon allegedly struck QCSB for the second time in three days. A teller told police he came in Monday using the same note he had used to successfully rob $500 on Saturday.

The teller handed over the cash and Dundon fled on foot, eluding police once again. But investigators from the NYPD’s Major Case Squad were closing in, and the alleged bank robber was arrested Monday night.

Dundon is charged with two counts of third-degree robbery and one count of third-degree attempted robbery, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office. Judge Suzanne Melendez set bail at $75,000 and a return date of October 6. Police said he is not a suspect in the September 7 note-job robbery of the Bank of America branch, at 66-03 Beach Channel Drive.

Brian Magoolaghan

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