Police investigate whether 2 Nassau bank heists, 3rd incident, linked

Nassau County Police responded to a robbery at Nassau County Police responded to a robbery at the Citibank branch located at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Robbins Lane in Syosset. (Dec. 28, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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Nassau County police said they are investigating whether two bank robberies and an attempted robbery Saturday were related.

The first robbery happened at 9:42 a.m. at a Citibank in Jericho, at 1 Robbins Lane. Two men entered the bank and announced a robbery, police said. The robbers left the bank after taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbers were about 20, wore dark clothes, masks and gloves, police said. Five employees and a customer were present.

The second incident, which resulted in no money taken, was at 11:45 a.m., Nassau police said, at a Dime Savings Bank in Valley Stream, at 175 W. Merrick Rd., where a man passed a teller a demand note. The teller said she did not have any money, and the man left, heading north on foot on Fletcher Avenue, police said.

The subject was in his 30s, 6 feet tall, and wore a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap, a black jacket with wide orange and white stripes, acid-washed blue jeans and white sneakers, police said. There were seven employees and a customer present at the time.

The other robbery occurred about 12:32 p.m. at a Citibank in Garden City, Nassau police said. A man, believed to be in his 30s, entered the bank at 1050 Franklin Ave. and passed a teller a demand note. The teller complied and the suspect left on foot through a rear door and headed north in the parking lot, police said.

The man wore a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, acid-washed blue jeans, and white sneakers, police said. There were five employees and a customer in the bank at the time.

Police said anyone with information can call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.

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