Suspect arraigned in Lynbrook bank robbery

Gaetano Delia, 53, of Medford, has been charged

Gaetano Delia, 53, of Medford, has been charged with robbery in connection with a Lynbrook bank robbery and faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Nassau County police said. (Oct. 21, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Medford man who police said robbed a Lynbrook bank Monday didn't get very far, having been arrested a short time later on a street in nearby Hewlett.

Gaetano Delia, 53, of 31 Ash Dr., was charged with second-degree robbery and was arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Nassau County police said.

Delia pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $25,000 bail or $25,000 bond. He is next due in Nassau County Court, Mineola, on Thursday.

Police said Delia robbed the Bank of America branch on Merrick Road in Lynbrook at about 2:50 p.m. Monday, "making verbal demands for cash to several tellers," obtaining the money -- and fleeing on foot.

Responding Lynbrook police officers got a description and found Delia "a short time later" near Broadway and Stewart Street, arresting him without incident.

Police said the stolen cash was recovered.

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There were no reported injuries in the robbery.

With Patricia Kitchen

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