By Sabina Mollot
Cops are hunting a burglar who’s been hitting banks during non-business hours, including one bank in NoMad he successfully stole money from twice.
According to police the suspect, a light skinned man, forcibly enters each bank by breaking or removing glass panels when the bank is closed and steals cash.
The pattern began on Wednesday, April 6 when at 6 a.m., he got inside the Investors Bank at 276 5th Avenue at 30th Street, pried open a teller drawer and took cash.
On Sunday, July 24, at approximately 11:50 a.m., he returned and forcibly opened a locked safe to get cash.
He headed back to the bank a third time on Tuesday, August 9, at around 4 a.m. and again forcibly opened the teller drawer. This time, however, he left empty handed.
But just an hour and 25 minutes later, the determined suspect was at the Bank of America, located at 345 Park Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets. There, he tried to open a safe in the teller area but ended up fleeing the scene without any money.
In the most recent incident, on Tuesday at 3:20 a.m. the suspect broke into a Chelsea Santander Bank, located at 169 7th Avenue at West 20th Street. He forcibly opened the teller drawers and at least one cabinet and this time got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Asked about the possibility the burglaries were an inside job, a spokesperson for the NYPD said so far nothing’s been ruled in or out. He suggested another possibility was that the perpetrator had somehow managed to case the different banks to see their security measures or lack thereof.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at http://www.crimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.