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Cops: Homeless man charged in bank robbery, attempt

A 53-year-old homeless man was arrested Monday morning and charged with a bank robbery and an attempted bank robbery earlier this year in the Five Towns area, police said.

Carl Petronio was charged with robbing a Bank of America branch on Central Avenue in Lawrence on Jan. 24 and with attempting to rob a Citibank branch on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst on March 28, Nassau County police said.

Police did not say how much was taken in the January bank robbery and did not say what evidence linked Petronio to the two cases.

Petronio was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree attempted robbery.

He is scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said that in the Bank of America robbery, which took place at 10:47 a.m. on Jan. 24, Petronio walked into the bank branch wearing a black winter cap and a green hooded sweatshirt, gave a demand note to a teller, was handed cash and then fled.

Seven employees and three customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery, police said. No one was injured.

Police said that in the second case, Petronio entered the Citibank branch wearing a blue denim baseball cap, glasses and a gray jacket with a hood, and a scruffy white beard, handed a demand note to a teller but fled the bank without anything. There were eight employees in the bank at the time, but no customers. It was not clear why Petronio fled, police said.

No one was injured.

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