Serial Robber Makes Off With Nearly $14K From Manhattan Banks, NYPD Says
MANHATTAN — A twice convicted thief has made off with close to $14,000 from seven Manhattan banks since the beginning of March, the NYPD said.
James Walton, 40, who was released in January after serving three years for a 2011 robbery, hit seven banks from the Upper East Side to Greenwich Village between March 6 and April 14 — getting away with a total of $13,832, officials said.
In each case, he entered the banks between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and passed a note to the teller demanding large sums of cash, police said.
In his largest single heist, Walton got $8,150 from the Chase Bank at 1025 Madison Ave. about 2:30 p.m. on March 22, an NYPD spokesman said.
Walton's other heists netted between $250 and $1,745 each, a police spokesman said.
Investigators released a previous mugshot of Walton's and a surveillance photo of him taken from a Capital One Bank, 1745 Broadway, which he hit Monday about 10:15 a.m., police said. In the mugshot he has brown hair, though in the surveillance photo, he is bald.
Walton was behind bars from April 2003 to May 2010 and again April 2011 to January 2014 for two nearly back-to-back robberies, state prison records show.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).