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Bank Robber Makes Off With $5K in Midtown Heist, But Fails at 2nd Try: NYPD

By Noah Hurowitz | March 15, 2017 3:06pm
 This man is accused of stealing $5,000 from a Midtown Santander Bank branch on Feb. 27 and trying — and failing — to rob a Bank of America on Monday, according to police.
This man is accused of stealing $5,000 from a Midtown Santander Bank branch on Feb. 27 and trying — and failing — to rob a Bank of America on Monday, according to police.
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MIDTOWN EAST — A black-clad robber knocked over a Santander Bank in Midtown and tried again at another bank nearby but was forced to flee empty-handed, according to a police report.

The suspect struck hit a Santander Bank branch at 330 Madison Ave. between East 42nd and East 43rd streets on Feb. 27 and made off with thousands of dollars, but was less successful when he tried to rob a Bank of America on Monday and fled without cash, police said.

The thief struck first at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Santander Bank, where he passed a note to the teller demanding cash, according to a police report. Despite the man appearing to be unarmed, the teller complied and forked over $5,000, police said.

It was at least the second time that bank had been robbed in the last two years. According to police, a robber in November 2015 stole $4,505 from the bank after passing a note demanding cash.

The suspect struck again on Monday, when he strolled into the Bank of America at 750 Third Ave. between East 46th and East 47 streets at 2:35 p.m. and handed a note to a teller demanding money, police said. This time, however, the teller walked away from the window and ignored the bandit, who fled southbound on Third Avenue empty-handed, according to a police report.

The suspect was described as a man in his mid-40s standing 5-foot-10, police said. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black hat, and black gloves.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips on the website.