Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing two Brooklyn Apple Banks a combined four times since early last year.
Officers say the suspect is a six-foot-tall black male with a graying beard who is probably between 40 and 60 years old and between 150 and 200 pounds (and based on that description alone, could almost literally be anyone). The spree started on February 1, 2011, when he walked into an Apple Bank (not to be confused with the trillion-dollar-to-be company) on 318 Albany Avenue in Crown Heights. He entered just after noon, walked up to the front counter, surreptitiously pulled out a gun, and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. When the teller brought him an undisclosed sum of cash, he fled the scene on foot.
Six days later, wearing a similar beige trench coat and using the same tactic, he robbed a bank at the Apple Bank on 414 Flushing Avenue in Bed-Stuy. For one reason or another, though, he took a liking to the Crown Heights location, and in late June last year, he again entered the bank around noon and robbed it.
The NYPD lost the man’s trail for well over a year until two Fridays ago, just after noon on October 12. He visited Apple Bank in Crown Heights for a third time because at this point, fuck it, it’s an ATM. The suspect flashed his gun, passed the note, collected his booty, and went on his merry way. He hasn’t been seen since.
Authorities say anyone with any knowledge of the suspect, pictured, to anonymously call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Take a long look at the photo, though, because odds are if you’re black, have black friends or have once or more seen a black person, then you know someone who fits the description. And if you keep your money with Apple Bank, you should consider not doing that.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 23, 2012