Bank robbery, in general, is crime of volume. Less than five percent of thieves crack the safe. The great majority, focused on getting out of the building as quickly as possible, target the money with the tellers at the counter. The average take of a bank robbery is $4,000. The big money, as history ... More >>
The FBI calls him the "Gatsby Bandit" because of the hat. The middle-aged man suspected of three recent Queens bank robberies wore a tan driving cap during a May 16 heist at Astoria Federal Savings Bank on Broadway. He also wore a similar hat, only in blue, in separate robberies on May 12 at Investo ... More >>
Robbing a check cashing outlet is much less straightforward than robbing a bank. In a bank, a note demanding money is all a thief needs; the tellers are trained to hand it over. Banks have other tools to foil the bank robbers on the back-end, in the escape attempt, like exploding dye-packs and GPS t ... More >>
Bank robberies hold a special place in America mythology. So much so that the bank robbery page of the FBI's website dedicates a section to "Famous Cases & Criminals," with detailed biographies and case narratives of bandits like John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, and "Pretty Boy" Floyd. These wer ... More >>
This week's feature story details a heist: three men, dressed as cops, stole $200,000 from a check-cashing outlet in three minutes on Valentines Day 2012. They carried guns and doused the doors and counters with bleach to erase any DNA trace. They wore masks so realistic that the witnesses didn't re ... More >>
In August, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Akeem Monsalvatge, Edward Byam, and Derrick Dunkley of robbing two Pay-O-Matic cash checking outlets in Queens. The second robbery, on Valentine's Day 2012, made headlines because the culprits wore masks that were so realistic that the employees in the ... More >>
In December 2010, the New York City Police Department released footage of a man pulling a gun on a livery cab driver in Queens. It was a one minute video showing a young man in a white hoodie sitting in the front passenger seat of the cab. Fifteen seconds into the video, the man appears to argue wit ... More >>
Fear not, Jamba Juice patrons of Long Island. Police have arrested the man suspected in last week's Jamba Juice robbery as well as eight other robberies at gas stations and convenience stores across the island.
He spent five years in jail awaiting trial. Call it justice, Queens-style.
A man who spent a year in jail before robbery and kidnapping charges were tossed out of court is suing the New York City Police Department and the city for "generating false evidence and ignoring evidence of his innocence," court records show.
Facebook is a great place to post how you're doing, your new job, pictures of the dog, plates of restaurant food, and, if you're members of a violent drug gang, which specialized in home-invasion robberies of other drug dealers, snapshots of your piles of cash!
On Monday, we wrote an article about a Brooklyn bandit who has robbed the same Crown Heights Apple Bank three times in the past year and a half. We, for the record, were flabbergasted by the amount of chutzpah the guy had for returning to the scene of the crime where he ostensibly could have (should ... More >>
NYPD say that yesterday, two robbers robbed a physician's office, because as everyone who has watched a good heist film knows, one guy isn't enough, and more than guarantees that someone's going to snitch. The robbery took place in the 43rd Precinct of the Bronx on 2029 Westchester Avenue (Manhatta ... More >>
Breathe easy, New York -- the man police suspect was using a hypodermic needle to rob people of their iPhones, iPods and other pricey electronics currently is in police custody.The NYPD says Angel Cintron was arrested this morning in Yonkers after he was identified over the weekend as the suspect in ... More >>
NYPD is now looking for a man who pulled off a quartet of robberies over the past 48 hours, including two on the same street 10 minutes apart. The suspect, who has only been unidentified from security cameras as a bald, black male, started his string of crime around 4:20 on Sunday morning, robbing ... More >>
As a Bronx resident notes in an interview with a local TV station, "anything" could be found in a hypodermic needle, including "AIDS, herpes -- anything!" And nobody -- nobody -- wants either of those stigmatic/potentially deadly diseases.That said, a thief is using the threat of potential herpes to ... More >>
The video embedded above is one of four violent robberies that have been committed by the same man in the Bronx since late May -- and he remains on the loose.In each of the four robberies, the man seen above beating the crap out of one of his victims took the coward's path -- he approached each of t ... More >>
For the second time in less than a week, a toddler in Brooklyn was mugged for an expensive piece of jewelry. This morning, the New York Post penned an article about the latest robbery with the lede "No toddler is safe in this city!," and the The Post is right; no toddler is safe -- as long as their ... More >>
A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy is apparently terrified to leave his house after a group of thugs robbed a $400 chain he was wearing while in the lobby of his apartment on Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed-Stuy late Tuesday night.If the New York Post won't just come out and say it, we will: his parents, Pedro He ... More >>
Here's a tip for any potential criminals out there: don't bicker about the proceeds of robberies you've committed on Facebook. Believe it or not, cops also have access to Facebook, and monitor it for dopes dumb enough to announce to the world that they're criminals.That said, more than a dozen membe ... More >>
Former NYPD officer Michael "Rape Cop" Pena's not the only former cop headed to the hoosegow -- former NYPD officer Emmanuel Tavarez is the second former cop this week who's about to make the jump from officer to inmate. Unlike Pena, Tavarez, 33, didn't violently sexually assault a defenseless schoo ... More >>
The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates a Voice investigation — and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy
That jump in the citywide crime rate has continued through the sixth week of the year, up over 5 percent so far, with thefts and robbery accounting for the increase. Robberies, burglaries and grand larceny are all up 10 percent citywide. Crime is up through Feb. 12 by double digits in three of the ... More >>
Shana Spalding, the woman behind the infamous "catwoman burglary" of 2010, will be heading to prison for the next decade. The 29-year-old, who moonlighted as the lead singer of a death metal band called Divine Infamy before her crime spree landed her in jail, raged at prosecutors and reporters after ... More >>
A man was robbed at gunpoint for his orange Marmot jacket in the Bronx recently, cops say. The sartorially minded scumbag (pictured here) approached a man on the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard on Dec. 14, pulled out a gun, took the victim's coat and nothing else, and then fled ... More >>
While the general message from the Bloomberg administration has been that crime is down, that people are healthier, that everything is groovy, the New York Times City Room blog reports on a crime increase in one area: Bank robberies in New York City nearly doubled from 2010, when there were 2 ... More >>
A bit of good news as the passing of 2011 nears: homicides were down five percent for the year, the overall crime rate was flat, and fires killed just 64 people, the second lowest number of fire fatalities since 1916, the mayor's office says. But the neighborhood crime numbers reveal several trouble ... More >>
DCPIA man robbed a bank on Gold Street in the Financial District on Monday, making a symbolic and probably unwitting stand against the big banks' greed and selfishness but also leaving with a bag of cold hard cash. At around 9 a.m., the suspect went inside the Sovereign Bank on Gold Street, p ... More >>
Remember the gimmicky Bouquet Bandit from last summer? He was the gentleman robber who robbed a couple banks using only a bouquet of flowers. (We tried to nickname him the "Horti-Robber," but it didn't work.) The bandit, whose real name is Edward Pemberton, managed to pull off two bank robber ... More >>
Cops are asking for help in finding the jerks responsible for a couple of violent robberies this week in the Bronx, one in the north and the other in Morrisania. On Monday, at about 5:50 p.m., a 74-year-old man was hit from behind by a scumbag at the corner of Park Avenue and Gouverneur Place in ... More >>
In today's East Village street crime round-up: A string of wanton mayhem and violence over the past two days, including a drug-related shooting that left three injured, a stabbing that left one dead, and a cell phone robbery that left one perp in tears. The '70s are back, baby. Well, not exac ... More >>
via New York PostIt's not enough just to be a robber these days. After all, there's that Darth Vader bank robber to look up to, and the geezer bank robbers and bouquet bandits to emulate. You need a shtick. Which a recent wannabe criminal had -- complete with a Scream mask and a (possibly fak ... More >>
Edward Pemberton, the gentlemanly criminal who robbed two banks successfully using only flowers and a potted plant, has spoken. He told police that using flora to rob banks is "where the money is." Pemberton has been in jail since July 21 and (bizarrely, given that he admitted to the crimes) ... More >>
Periodically, we here at Runnin Scared take a look at the city's crime statistics. Well, almost three quarters of the way through the year, crime citywide is at about the same level as it was this time last year. But murders are up 17 percent. And, in all, six of the seven major crime categor ... More >>
Shed a tear, ladies...the suspect who robbed two banks with a chivalry heretofore unknown in this town (bringing a potted plant, and then a bouquet of flowers, to his "financial endeavors") has been nabbed by the cops.
The NYPD is seeking the public's assistance identifying and locating the following two individuals wanted in connection with an armed robbery. On Thursday, April 22, at 10:25 a.m., a Hispanic male in his 30s was robbed at gunpoint by two men in their 20s (pictured) on the Manhattan-bound "L" ... More >>
Check out this guy who robbed a Dunkin' Donuts on Merrick Avenue in Jamaica on Sunday night: he flashes a gun at his hip and intimidates the server into handing over cash from the register -- while apparently talking on his cell phone. Everyone's busy these days, but couldn't it wait till he was ... More >>
Livery cab drivers have it tough. You may recall a little epidemic of livery cab driver shootings last summer, and various robberies. Now, four hacks have been robbed or threatened with robbery on 106th Avenue in Jamaica in a nine-day period. On December 27 two perps summoned the car to 106 ... More >>
Last week we showed a picture of a man who robbed the Northfield Bank at Hylan Plaza in Staten Island. So did the Staten Island Advance, and one of its local readers recognized the perp as a "homeless man suspected in a number of recent petty thefts in the New Dorp area," says the paper. The ... More >>
This is turning into a trend. Like our own two robbers on Staten Island, the young man in the picture helpfully provided the police with a picture of himself taken with the cell phone he stole.
Last Tuesday two robbers stuck up the Family Pharmacy on West 137th Street, taking drugs and cash. Police think they're the same guys who hit seven other drugstores between January and May. In January they robbed the R.O.R. Pharmacy on Madison Avenue and the Joseph Pharmacy on West 72nd Str ... More >>
Big week for serial robbery! We've got gun robbers, a mace robber, livery cab robbers, and now a knife robber -- and a busy one, so look out, Upper East Siders. He's armed with "what is described as a long kitchen knife," says NYPD. On September 4th at 12:45 a.m., he struck at York Avenue and ... More >>
Poor Starbucks employees: company stocks are dropping, stores are closing, and now, some mad men are robbing them at gun point and herding them into the freezer at locations around the Village.We learned about these armed robberies this afternoon while buying an iced coffee to celebrate the sunny we ... More >>
We are fond of the Staten Island Advance, and congratulate the paper on its latest public service: its publication (and that of other "media outlets," the Advance graciously acknowleges) of a surveillance photo from a Wednesday gas station robbery has provoked the the robber to surrender. His sister ... More >>
Citizens responding to the financial crisis robbed five banks in the city yesterday. A WaMu was hit in the Bronx at 9:20 a.m., then a Valley National near Flatbush, then an HSBC in Long Island City, then the Sovereign Bank on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint -- and this was all before 11 a.m. At 3:30 ... More >>
Hanging with a rapper who has close ties to his home. Maybe too close.
A Brooklyn dope dealer hid it in a closet. A robbery crew found it. One gangster got screwdrivered to death. Another one just got screwed.
In a notorious murder case, Rohan Bolt is doing the time. Did someone else do the crime?