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Oceanside man robs TD Bank across street twice, police say


Nassau County police said they have arrested an Oceanside man, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, who is suspected of robbing the bank across the street from his home twice in eight days. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A career criminal who netted $1,229 in cash after twice robbing the same Oceanside bank didn’t go far to score his bounty, Nassau authorities said Tuesday.

Melvin Olivo, 34, an unemployed father of three, only had to walk across the street from the home where he lives with his parents to rob the TD Bank — which dubs itself “America’s Most Convenient Bank” — and he did it two times in an eight-day span, according to police.

“Hurry up, I don’t want to hurt anyone,” Olivo told the teller during the second heist, according to court documents, after passing a note that said: “I want the cash and no one will get hurt. I have a gun.”

Olivo, of Foxhurst Road, who according to police was not armed during either robbery, was arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead on first- and third-degree robbery of the bank on Long Beach Road at the intersection of Foxhurst Road — just steps from his home.

Olivo first robbed the bank of $549 on Feb. 19 at 3:11 p.m., handing the teller a handwritten note that read: “Give me all your money. I don’t want to hurt anybody,” according to court documents. He then went back on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., presented a similar note, and was handed $680 in cash, according to court papers.

No injuries were reported during either heist, police said. He was arrested by detectives with the department’s Major Case Bureau, police said.

“I believe this individual was looking for an easy, convenient target,” said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a police spokesman. “He probably walked out of the door one day and saw it. . . . It was a crime of opportunity. He probably saw the bank and figured this one would be the one because it is in close proximity. It didn’t really work very well for him, but....”

LeBrun said police are still investigating whether Olivo has an account with his neighborhood TD Bank. A TD Bank representative did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Assistant District Attorney Alex DePalo asked the judge to set bail at $250,000 and said Olivo has 13 prior arrests, including felony convictions for a 2010 attempted assault and a 2003 attempted burglary. He also has three misdemeanor convictions and an open case for attempted petty larceny, DePalo said.

Olivo’s Legal Aid Society attorney requested a “reasonable amount” but when pressed by the judge, she said her client “can maybe afford about $100.”

District Court Judge William Hohauser set bail at $10,000.

Olivo, an Oceanside High School graduate who wore an Army fatigue jacket, told the judge he has three children, ages 8, 7 and 2, who live with their mother. He replied “no,” when Hohauser asked if he pays child support.

Neither Olivo’s parents nor his sister, whom he also lives with, could be reached for comment Tuesday. He’s due back in court Thursday.

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