MANHATTAN — A Fashion Week bank bandit, who kicked off a streak just before the style extravaganza began, stole over $7500 in cash from five Midtown financial institutions in close proximity to the events.
He even hit the same Garment District bank twice, according to police.
The bank robber kicked off his spree on Sept. 3, two days before the start of Fashion Week, when he passed a note to an HSBC Bank teller at 550 7th Ave. demanding money, police said. The employee complied and he walked away with an unknown amount of cash, cops said.
About a week later, he went into the Capital One Bank at 520 8th Avenue, police said, gave the clerk a note and made off with $775, enough for a pair of Jimmy Choo "Vamp" sandals.
The next day, Sept. 10, about 10:35 a.m. he hit the West 57th Street Chase Bank near Carnegie Hall, but only made off with $80, police said.
About 20 minutes later, he showed up at the American Express at 347 Park Ave and robbed $5,800 from a woman standing in line to pay her credit card bill, according to cops.
Two days later, on the last day of Fashion Week, he fell back on familiar patterns and returned to the HSBC Bank at 550 7th Ave. in the Garment District and stole $960, police said.
The suspect, described by cops as a man in his early to mid-30s, dressed in a light colored baseball cap, dark hoodie with a red and white logo, blue jeans and black and white sneakers for some of his heists.
Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).