2011-01-07 / Front Page

Cops Seek Beach 116 St. Bank Bandit

By Howard Schwach


Police from the 100 Precinct block off the crime scene at the Capital One Bank on Wednesday night as detectives question employees inside. Police from the 100 Precinct block off the crime scene at the Capital One Bank on Wednesday night as detectives question employees inside. Detectives from the 100 Precinct and the NYPD’s major case squad worked into the night on Wednesday looking for clues to the identity of a man who robbed the Capital One Bank branch, 116- 01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, at about 5:15 p.m. Sources say that a tall white man entered the bank near the end of the day and that there were only two customers and five bank employees in the building.

The man, described by police as six foot tall and wearing a black ski mask and gray hoodie sweatshirt, reportedly told the teller that he had a weapon and would shoot if he were not given cash.

The teller gave the man an unspecified amount of cash and he turned and calmly walked out of the bank, turning left on Beach 116 Street, sources said. Bank officials notified the police, who quickly spread out on both the shopping street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard looking for the suspect.

At one point, police believed that they had a likely suspect inside the A-Train station on the street, but witnesses could not identify him and he was reportedly released. Bank officials declined to comment on how much money was taken by the robber.

The customers in the bank at the time of the robbery were questioned by detectives and then escorted to their cars.

Anybody with information on the identity of the bank robber should contact detectives at 718-318-4266.

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