By Andrew Wroblewski
Suffolk police are investigating an attempted bank robbery that occurred in Melville earlier today.
Police said a man entered the bank Citibank at 425 Broadhollow Road around 11:25 a.m. He placed a bag on the counter in front of a teller, who backed away. He then handed a different teller a note demanding cash. The second teller also backed away from the counter and the man fled on foot without any proceeds.
Police said the man left his bag, which prompted Suffolk Emergency Service Section officers to respond and evacuate the bank until they deemed the bag safe.
The suspect is described as a 20- to 30-year-old man with a medium build and between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He wore a black mask, a black hooded jacket, dark jeans and sneakers, police said.
A similar incident occurred Tuesday morning, when police said a man robbed the Roslyn Savings Bank at 363 E. Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station by slipping a note to a teller demanding cash. Police described the suspect in that incident as between 25 and 35 years old and approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a medium build and unshaven. Police said he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a black baseball hat.
Suffolk County Police Pattern Crime Unit detectives ask those with information on either of these cases to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.