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'Dapper Bandit' Wanted for String of Bank Heists

By Ben Fractenberg | November 9, 2011 7:16pm

MIDTOWN — A nattily-dressed bank robber dubbed the "Dapper Bandit" by the FBI is wanted for a string of heists across Manhattan, police said.

The sartorially-minded suspect has struck seven times since September in Lower Manhattan and Midtown, passing notes and in one case appearing to have a gun, according to cops.

The mustachioed man first struck on Sept. 21 at a Capitol One bank on West 57th Street just after 3 p.m., passing the teller a note demanding money.

The suspect, who is also wanted by the FBI, allegedly struck five times in October, making off with an unknown amount of money each time, police said.

Then on Tuesday, the suspect, who wears a suit, allegedly robbed an HSBC bank on Park Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Street, police said.

On Oct. 6, he appeared to have a gun inside his waistband during a robbery at a Capitol One Bank at 277 Broadway.

Cops say the suspect is about 50-years-old, about 5-foot-7 to 6-feet tall, 175 to 200 pounds, with brown eyes and short, gray hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), log onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by text 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.