PD: Suspect Hit Three Banks

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

 

A 5’ 10” man of medium build with a shaved head and thin beard may have struck his third bank in last three weeks, police said.

The man, estimated to be between ages 30 and 35, stole money from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union on Route 109 in Farmingdale on May 29 while dressed in a pair of blue jeans and a t-shirt.

Thanks to surveillance footage, police suspect the same man robbed the Bank of America on Veterans Highway in Commack on May 26 and a Capital One branch on Commack Road in Deer Park on May 24.

“We’re still working between tips and forensic evidence to identify him,” Det. Sgt. Edward Compagnone, of the Suffolk Police Fourth Precinct, said on Tuesday. “The banks are all aware of the suspect.”

On all three occasions, the suspect ran out after handing a note demanding money to the bank’s teller. Compagnone said it is typical for these types of institutions to have precautions in place that dictate tellers comply when confronted by a possible thief.

“Most of the banks have a practice like that, but it varies from bank to bank,” Compagnone said. “[The suspect] didn’t threaten a weapon and none were seen.”

The man made off with money from all three institutions, but police won’t reveal how much, saying releasing that information may be detrimental to the investigation.

Compagnone did, however, ensure that banks are taking the necessary precautions should the man try to strike again.

“The banks all have their internal networks so they’re aware,” Compagnone said. “They have their standard protocols that they’ll follow.”

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.