By Danny Schrafel
His getaway car was an Orange and White taxi cab, but it did him little good when Suffolk County police, at the Walt Whitman Shops, caught up with the man they say robbed a bank in East Northport Thursday.
According to police, 26-year-old Nicholas Bono, of East Northport, entered the Roslyn Savings Bank, located at 580 Larkfield Road in East Northport, at approximately 10:30 a.m. and passed a note to a teller, demanding cash. Police said he did not have a weapon.
Cash in hand, Bono then hopped into a taxi waiting outside, police said.
Det. Sgt. Edward Compagnone, of the Suffolk County PD’s Pattern Crime unit, said fleeing by cab is not unheard of.
“Sometimes it’s a waiting car we don’t get a beat on, but we have seen cabs used in the past,” he said.
After the driver dropped him off at the Walt Whitman Shops, police tracked down the cab at the intersection of Pulaski Road and Fraser Drive in Greenlawn. The driver told them that he’d dropped the suspect at the Walt Whitman Shops.
There, Compagnone said it took officers about an hour to track down Bono before they arrested him at approximately 12:20 p.m.
Bono was charged with third-degree robbery and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip tomorrow morning.