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East Northport bank robbery leads to police car crash, Suffolk cops say

A police car and two other vehicles crashed

A police car and two other vehicles crashed on eastbound Veterans Memorial Highway at Harned Road in Commack on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The officer was responding to an East Northport bank robbery when the accident occurred, officials said. Photo Credit: James Carbone

A man robbed a Chase Bank in East Northport’s Huntington Square Mall on Thursday afternoon in a crime being investigated by Suffolk’s Police Pattern Crime Unit, officials said.

The suspect, who wore a black mask, a gray, hooded jacket and jeans, went behind the tellers’ counter to remove cash from the drawer after announcing the robbery.

The robber, who has a medium build and stands about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, fled on foot, the police said.

But his crime led to a three-car crash. A police officer who was responding to the robbery, which occurred around 2:37 p.m., collided with a car at the intersection of Harned Road and Veterans Highway in Commack at about 2:45 p.m., police said.

The second car, driven by a woman, then hit a third car.

One accident victim was taken to a hospital; her injuries were not life-threatening, the police said.

Anyone with information about the crime, which can be provided anonymously, is asked to call 800-220-TIPS, text “SCPD” and a message to CRIMES (274637), or visit tipsubmit.com.

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