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    August 4, 2014

    Bank Robbery Suspect Caught After Police Chase on NJ Turnpike

    Before the chase and the arrest, there was the robbery. Edison, New Jersey, police got the call at 10:36 a.m. on Friday: a man was robbing the Investors Savings Bank. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. And by the time officers arrived, the suspected robber was hopping into a g ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Bank Robber Demands Only $100 from Tellers, Fails

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    The "Gatsby Bandit" Is Suspected of Three Queens Bank Robberies in Nine Days

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Disguises, Bomb Threat, and Gasoline: Recent Check Cashing Robbery Attempts in NYC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    How Bank Robbery Trends Have Shifted in America Over the Years

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Wanted: NYC's 16 At-Large Bank Robbery Suspects

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Men Convicted of Hollywood-Style $200k Pay-O-Matic Robbery Receive 32-Year Sentence

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Shawn Peace Convicted of Shooting Cabbie and Robbing Fast Food Joints in Queens

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Police Caught the Long Island Jamba Juice Robbery Suspect

    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.

  • News

    August 14, 2013

    The Ballad of Donovan Drayton

    He spent five years in jail awaiting trial. Call it justice, Queens-style.

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    June 25, 2013

    Ronald Bozeman, Wrongly Arrested and Jailed for a Year, Sues

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    6 Wild Gang Takedown: Caught Using Facebook, Robbing Drug Dealers

    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!

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Robbing the Same Bank Over and Over Whenever You Need Cash Is a Thing, Apparently

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Duo Pulls off Robbery Almost Exactly the Way It's Done in the Movies, Then Decides to Run out with the Safe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Syringe-Wielding Robbery Suspect Angel Cintron In Custody

    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 >>

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    September 25, 2012

    And Here's the Guy Who Has Been Robbing Everyone at Gunpoint

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    More Intimidating Robbery Weapon: Gun Or Herpes? Discuss

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    This Is A Video Of Some Creep Beating The Crap Out Of A Bronx Man

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Attention, Brooklyn: Stop Blingin' Out Your Babies!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    To The Parents Of 3-Year-Old Robbed For $400 Chain: Yes, It Is Your Fault

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Brower Boys Street Gang "Taken Down" Thanks To Facebook And Stupid (Alleged) Criminals

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    "Rape Cop" Michael Pena's Not The Only Former NYPD Officer Headed To Prison

    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 >>

  • News

    March 14, 2012

    NYPD's Reporting Problem

    Reactions to our 'NYPD Tapes' confirmation came like a swift billy club to the skull

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    March 7, 2012

    The NYPD Tapes Confirmed

    The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates a Voice investigation — and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    NYPD Numbers Show Sharp Increases in Crime So Far This Year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Armed Bronx Jacket Thief on the Loose

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Bank Robberies Have Almost Doubled in the Last Year in New York City

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    NYPD, FDNY Year-End Numbers Show Overall Good News, Some Trouble Spots

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Latex-Gloved Man Robs Financial District Bank

    DCPI​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Infamous 'Bouquet Bandit' Gets Up to 12 Years in Prison

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Violent Robbers in the Bronx — New Ones

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Is the East Village Facing a Return to the Bad Old Days of Crime?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Wannabe Scream Robber Did Not Account for Possibility of Water

    via New York Post​It'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 >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Bouquet Bandit Explains Himself

    ​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 >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Murders Up 17 Percent, NYPD Crime Stats Show

    ​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 >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Bouquet Bandit Arrested; NYC Women Continue to Seek Man Who Will Bring Flowers

    ​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.

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    April 26, 2010

    Police Seeking Two Suspects in Subway Robbery

    ​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 >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Have You Seen... Multi-Tasking Dunkin' Donuts Robber in Queens

    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 >>

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    January 8, 2010

    4 Livery Cab Robberies in Jamaica in 9 Days; Suspect Photos Released

    ​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 >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Staten Island Bank Robber Caught

    ​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 >>

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    December 6, 2009

    Another genius robber

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Have You Seen... Pharmacy Bandits

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Have You Seen... Upper East Side Kitchen Knife Bandit

    ​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 >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Armed Robberies At Starbucks Locations in the Village?

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2009

    SI Advance Gets Results! Robber Sees Photo, Turns Himself In

    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 >>

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    December 30, 2008

    5 Banks Robbed Yesterday in 4 Boroughs

    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 >>

  • News

    February 5, 2008

    The Fabolous Life

    Hanging with a rapper who has close ties to his home. Maybe too close.

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    October 30, 2007

    The Million-Dollar Jackpot

    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.

  • News

    September 4, 2007

    Name That Criminal

    In a notorious murder case, Rohan Bolt is doing the time. Did someone else do the crime?

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    July 24, 2007
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