MIDTOWN — A bank robber snagged more than $16,000 from Manhattan banks in a series of recent holdups, including a repeat robbery where he circled back to his first target after a teller at another bank refused his demands, police said.
NYPD officials on Tuesday released surveillance photos of the man they say has knocked over several banks along Park and Madison avenues in the past two months, taking roughly $16,304 and leaving one bank empty-handed, according to a police report.
The robber first struck Oct. 2 at the People’s United Bank at 250 Park Ave. shortly after 3 p.m., when he strolled into the bank, handed the teller a note demanding money, and fled with about $4,799, according to a police report.
He surfaced again Nov. 12 at the PNC Bank at 340 Madison Ave. where he again passed the teller a note, but this time the teller refused to comply and the robber left empty-handed, according to police.
The robber popped up again less than 15 minutes later at 8 a.m. at the same Park Avenue People’s United Bank branch as the October robbery, passed the teller a note, and strolled out with $7,000, officials said.
The suspect turned up Nov. 19 at about 3:25 p.m. at the Santander Bank at 330 Madison Ave., again flashing a robbery note demanding money. He fled with about $4,505 in cash, according to a police report.
Police described the suspect as a man standing about 6-foot-2-inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black jeans and a black hat.
Manhattan banks have fallen prey to several robbery sprees in recent months, including one series of robberies police say were carried out over a two-week period by three accomplices across Chelsea, Gramercy, Greenwich Village, Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Upper East Side.
Officers arrested three suspects in connection to those robberies after spotting men casing a Capital One bank in Chelsea, officials said.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips on the website.