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Cops search trains in Babylon for bank robbery suspect

Police stopped and searched three Long Island Rail Road trains Tuesday after receiving a report that a bank robber may have boarded a train at the Babylon station, railroad officials said.

Railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena said the searches by Metropolitan Transportation Authority police found no one fitting the robber's description.

Suffolk County police said a man had robbed the Bank of America on Montauk Highway in West Islip about 9:50 a.m., demanding money from two tellers and telling them he had a gun.

He got away in a waiting cab, told the driver he had a gun and ordered him to go to the Babylon train station, where he was dropped off, police said.

Arena said the train searches were conducted after MTA police were notified by Suffolk police that a cabdriver "reported driving a man who fit the description" of the robbery suspect to the train station.

Arena said MTA police stopped and searched the 10:11 a.m. train headed for Penn Station. That train subsequently was canceled, he said.

Those passengers were later accommodated by the 10:36 a.m. train from Babylon to Penn Station.

Arena said two eastbound trains were delayed by the incident. The 9:05 a.m. train from Penn Station to Babylon was held at the Lindenhurst station during the investigation at Babylon, while the 9:22 a.m. train from Penn to Babylon was held at Copiague. Both of those trains also were searched with negative results, Arena said.

The suspect appeared to be about 5 feet 10 inches tall, between 50 and 60 years old, with a heavy build. He was wearing a dark jacket and a dark-colored knit hat, police said.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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