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Bearded robber strikes again at Shirley bank, police say

Suffolk County police patrol car sit in front

Suffolk County police patrol car sit in front of Empire National Bank at 1044 William Floyd Parkway where a male produced a note and robbed the bank around 10:50 a.m., April 13, 2015. Photo Credit: James Carbone

The bank robber with a salt-and-pepper beard appears to have struck for a second time in five days, holding up a Shirley bank Monday morning, Suffolk police said.

The note he handed at 11 a.m. to an Empire National Bank teller said he had a gun, police said. He ran off after getting money from the bank, at 1044 William Floyd Pkwy., police said.

He used the same routine at 1 p.m. Thursday in getting cash from the HSBC bank on Montauk Highway in Mastic, police said.

Both times he threatened to use a gun, but witnesses told investigators they did not see one, police said.

Photos from both banks show him wearing a dark-colored cap and jacket.

He appears to be between 45 and 55 years, with a medium build, police said.

Detectives from the pattern crime unit ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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