By Andrew Wroblewski
Suffolk police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they say attempted to rob a Melville bank last week.
Police said a man entered the Citibank at 425 Broadhollow Road around 11:25 a.m. on Dec. 31. 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 on Saturday, when police said a man robbed a Roslyn Savings Bank at 101 Wicks Road in Brentwood. Police said a man approached a teller and displayed a note demanding cash around 12:09 p.m. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a man between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black coat with a hood, a black mask and black pants.
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.