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Rocky Point man arrested in TD Bank robbery, Suffolk cops say

Robert Van Helden, 32, was arrested Friday, Jan.

Robert Van Helden, 32, was arrested Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in the robbery the same day of a TD Bank branch in Port Jefferson Station, Suffolk County police said. Credit: SCPD

A Rocky Point man is facing a robbery charge after Suffolk County police said he robbed a bank in Port Jefferson Station.

Authorities said Robert Van Helden, 32, went into the TD Bank branch on Nesconset Highway at about 6:30 p.m. Friday and demanded cash from a bank teller. The teller complied and Van Helden fled the bank, police said.

Police said they found and arrested Van Helden a short time later at a Home Depot store in Selden.

Van Helden has been charged with third-degree robbery. He was arraigned on Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip. Van Helden was ordered held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash. His attorney could not immediately be reached.

With Mark Morales

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