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Police Hunt Suspect in 11 Manhattan Back Robberies

By Jess Wisloski | May 31, 2012 10:26pm
A photo of Cornell Neilly, who the NYPD suspects of 11 bank robberies
A photo of Cornell Neilly, who the NYPD suspects of 11 bank robberies
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MIDTOWN — Police are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect in a string of at least 11 bank robberies. Gramercy Morningside Heights Upper West Side

The NYPD released a photo of a man they say is Cornell Neilly, 21, and report he is wanted in suspicion of his role in robbing various Manhattan banks, including various Chase, HSBC, Bank of America and Sovereign locations.

According to police, the suspect entered several of the banks midday, passed a bank teller a demand note, and fled with an unspecified amount of cash.

In two cases, the suspect returned to a location he had already robbed previously, and repeated the act once again.

Police say he is wanted for an April 11 Midtown robbery at 12:40 p.m. at a Sovereign Bank at 864 Eighth Avenue, and a May 26 robbery there at 10:55 a.m.

Police at the scene outside a Chase Bank.
Police at the scene outside a Chase Bank.
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He also hit up an Upper West Side HSBC at 2681 Broadway on May 7 at 1:30 p.m. and on May 26 at 4:30 p.m., police said. The suspect also robbed a Financial District HSBC at 26 Broadway on May 18 at 1:15 p.m., cops said.

The suspect hit up several Chase Bank locations, police said, including one in Little Italy at 2:03 p.m. on May 18, at 231 Grand St., and one at 5:10 p.m. at 360 Park Ave. later that same day in Midtown, the third robbery of his that day.

The suspect also appeared to have robbed two banks in a day on May 14, when police said he struck a Bank of America at 1775 Broadway in the Theater District at 11:30 a.m. and then a Chase Bank at 2:30 p.m. at 2875 Broadway in Morningside Heights.

Two additional bank robberies occurred on Park Avenue South, one May 16 at 2:30 p.m. at an Atlantic Bank, at 387 Park Avenue South in Flatiron, and on May 24 at 5:20 p.m., at 460 Park Avenue South in Gramercy.

The police say Neilly weighs around 150 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue New York Rangers baseball hat with a red brim, a dark bomber-style jacket with a white wool collar, blue jeans and black Nike sneakers. 

Police urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.