2012-10-26 / Top Stories

Cops Bust Serial Bank Robber

By Howard Schwach


Video surveillance photo taken at one of the bank robberies. Video surveillance photo taken at one of the bank robberies. The Queens man who made a career of robbing the Chase Bank in Arverne By The Sea was busted this week and arraigned in the Eastern District Federal Court on two charges of bank robbery.

Federal sources say that Darryl Allen, 48, allegedly robbed the bank at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on May 18 and then again on June 22.

The bank was robbed a third time, on July 16, but Allen is not being charged with that crime at this time, sources say.

Police sources say that Allen was indentified by the DNA on the baseball caps he discarded in his getaways. Allen used the same modus operendi in the two robberies for which he is charged, police say. Court papers say that Allen placed a note in the teller’s money tray stating, “Don’t alert no one. I have a gun.”

He then asked the teller if she understood and warned, “You better not push that alarm until I walk out of the door.”

Allen demanded more money and eventually got more than $8,000 in the May robbery and $2,309 in the June robbery.

Allen dropped his hat and coat after the robbery in an attempt to change his identity, aware that the tellers would provide police with a description.

The two hats were sent to the office of the chief medical examiner and the hats were analyzed for DNA.

Allen’s DNA was in the city’s database from an earlier crime, and criminalists quickly matched his DNA to the hats.

In addition, the notes that Allen passed to the tellers were analyzed and it was determined that they both came from the same source.

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