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The spree, according to police, began two years ago. The suspect robbed Amalgamated Bank in Jackson Heights, Queens. Since then, police suspect that the same man has struck at six other banks across the borough, most recently last week.
The suspect has not succeeded each time. Twice, he left the bank with no money. But in the five other tries, he stole a total of $34,000.
He has targeted bank across the borough. He shows a note to the teller and usually holds a phone to his ear. Twice, he flashed a gun.
The first robbery, at Amalgamated Bank, was on July 17, 2012, and the suspect made off with $1,480, according to the Queens Chronicle, which first reported the spree. A month later, at a Middle Village Chase on August 10, he gave the teller a note demanding money, but left empty handed.
Then came his most successful stretch. On August 20, the suspect stole $8,680 from an HSBC in Long Island City. On October 13, he stole $8,783 from a Long Island City Chase. And on December 12, he stole $12,400 from a Chase in East Elmhurst.
The average take in a bank robbery is around $4,000. This man topped that in three straight heists. He took home around $30,000 in that five moths stretch, and, according to police, he took a break from robbing banks after that.
He popped back up on the NYPD radar this summer. On June 7, he stole $3,098 from the last bank he had robbed. And then last week, on July 22, he entered a Santander Bank in Jackson Heights and gave the teller a note demanding money. He got none and fled.
The man suspected in these seven incidents is around six-feet tall and 200 lbs and in his early-to-mid 30s, according to the Chronicle.