BRONX — Three times weren't the charm for a would-be crook who attempted to rob two Tremont check-cashing stores Wednesday — even trying to rip off the same branch twice, police said.
The bumbling suspect first entered a Pay-O-Matic branch at 890 E. Tremont Ave. about 12:45 a.m., the NYPD said. He demanded money, but was rebuffed and fled the scene, cops said.
He then returned to the same location at 8 p.m., tried a second time, but again came away empty-handed, police said.
In between the two failed robberies, the suspect entered another Pay-O-Matic branch on East Tremont Avenue just seven blocks away at 10:50 a.m., cops said. He again demanded money but was turned away and fled police said.
No one was reported injured in any of the incidents, the NYPD said. The man is described as standing about 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2 and weighing 175 to 180 pounds. He had facial hair and was wearing a black do-rag, black shirt and black pants at the time of the incident, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.