By Danny Schrafel
Dix Hills resident Max Schneider, who has been convicted three times of robbing banks over the last four years, and is currently in jail for an April 14 bank heist in Rocky Point, is facing new charges related to a bank robbery in Nassau County.
Schneider was arraigned on June 30 in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of third-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny related to an April 9 robbery of the TD Bank at 500 Old Country Road in Plainview, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
Nassau County officials said Schneider committed passed a note demanding cash to pull off the heist.
Earlier in the month, on June 16, Schneider pleaded guilty to charges, including robbery and grand larceny, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, stemming from an April 14 heist in Rocky Point. He is due back before Judge Richard Ambro for sentencing on Aug. 18.
Schneider was arrested in the parking lot of the Walt Whitman Shops April 16, two days after the robbery. Police cornered him at the mall, where he tried to flee by ramming two cop cars with his Honda Civic.
Schneider’s lengthy criminal history is one that law enforcement officials and his attorneys have blamed on heroin addiction. In a Dec. 13, 2012 Long Islander News report, Schneider’s attorney at the time, Mike Brown, said his client was battling addiction and described him as a “hard-working young man who unfortunately got caught up with the demons of drug abuse.” And, according to a criminal complaint in that case, involving a Dec. 3, 2012 robbery of a Bank of America in West Babylon, Schneider himself said that he robbed the bank “because I started doing heroin again, and I needed money.”
Prior to the Rocky Point heist, on Oct. 14, 2014, Schneider was arrested as a fugitive from justice related to an armed-robbery charge in Broward County, Florida.
On Feb. 6, 2014, he was one of three accused of stealing more than $53,000 worth of bronze graveside vases from Pinelawn Memorial Cemetery in Melville. The trio is believed to have sold some for scrap to buy drugs, police said at the time. Three weeks before his arrest in that case, Schneider had been released on parole after spending 11 months in prison following the West Babylon robbery, according to online state prisoner records.
Schneider was first arrested in March 2011 in connection to a string of bank robberies in Babylon, North Babylon, West Babylon, Commack, Deer Park, West Islip and Lake Grove. Schneider was busted on the Long Island Rail Road en route to New York City from Huntington.
His accomplice in those robberies was Vito Frabizio, who was eyed by the Baltimore Orioles before the heists as a prospective pitching star.