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Trio Arrested in Connection to 10 Robberies in Manhattan, Police Say

By Noah Hurowitz | September 24, 2015 7:09pm
 Police say one of the three suspects in a Manhattan-wide robbery spree robbed this Chase Bank branch on Sept. 10.
Police say one of the three suspects in a Manhattan-wide robbery spree robbed this Chase Bank branch on Sept. 10.
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MIDTOWN — Three men were arrested in connection to a string of robberies that occurred in Manhattan within less than a two week period, the NYPD said.

Anthony Flynn, 31, Derrick Olmo, 40, and Michael Sancinella, 42, are being charged with robbery and attempted robbery for 10 separate incidents, according to authorities.

On Sept. 15, police spotted the trio outside of 127 Seventh Ave. and followed them to West 17th Street, where they were seen changing and trading clothes with each other, according to a criminal complaint.

They then headed to Capitol One bank at 144 Eighth Avenue, and as Olmo peered into the bank, officers swooped in and arrested all three, according to police.

Details of the robberies that led to their arrests include:

► On Sept. 4, Olmo strolled into a Chase Bank at 615 Eighth Ave. at 12:38 p.m. and handed the teller a note stating “give me all your $50s and $100s, don’t make a sound and no one gets hurt,” police said. Olmo walked out of the branch with $2,850.

► On Sept. 8, Sancinella, entered Chase Bank at 475 W. 23rd St. at 5:10 p.m. and produced a similar note, but left empty-handed.

► The same happened at an HSBC bank at 145 Fifth Ave. at 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 9, when Olmo walked away with $1,192.

► On Sept. 10, Sancinella tried to rob a Chase Bank at 225 Fifth Ave. and left penniless. Five minutes later he popped into a Chase Bank several blocks away at 386 Park Ave. South and again left with nothing. He finally hit the Ponce de Leon Bank at 319 First Ave. several minutes later, where he made off with $1,200.

► On Sept. 11, Sancinella tried unsuccessfully to rob an Apple Bank at 371 Seventh Ave. at roughly 9 a.m. Then 10 minutes later, he hit a Valley National Bank at 295 Fifth Ave., and a Capital One bank at 991 Third Avenue at 10:30 a.m. In both instances, he showed the tellers a demand note and left empty-handed.

► On Sept. 15 at 12:50 p.m., Flynn strolled into an Apple Bank at 10 Downing St. and showed a teller a note reading “Give me all your $50s and $100s, don’t try anything,” but the teller refused and Flynn left with nothing.

Scancinella, Olmo and Flynn each admitted to arresting officers their part in the robbery spree, according to a criminal complaint.

All three were held on $50,000 cash bail, and are due back in court on Oct. 22, according to court records. 

Their lawyers did not return requests for comment.