Two brothers, two bank jobs. And now, two arrests.
Twin brothers Daniel and Cory Amarosa, 21, of Humming Lane in Coram, were arrested Wednesday shortly after authorities said they robbed a Chase bank branch on Middle Country Road in Centereach at 5:14 p.m., Suffolk police said.
That robbery occurred eight days after police said they committed another heist -- also on Middle Country Road -- at People's United Bank in Centereach, police said.
Police said one of the twins, when pulled over by an officer Wednesday, said he knew he was stopped because he and his brother had robbed a bank -- and that they had done "the same thing last week."
Their motive in taking less than $4,000: "I owed money for drugs," Daniel Amarosa told police Wednesday.
No one was injured in either incident, and no gun was used. The twins, both unemployed, pleaded not guilty Thursday at their arraignment on robbery charges.
Police said the pair used the same method at each bank.
Daniel Amarosa handed notes to tellers while his brother waited outside in a car, said Det. Lt. Greg McVeigh, from the Suffolk County Police Department's chief of detectives office.
McVeigh said the Amarosas became more sophisticated the second time. In the robbery at People's United Bank on May 22 at about 9:50 a.m., police said, Daniel Amarosa's "disguise was only a baseball cap." But in Wednesday's robbery, he said, Daniel Amarosa appeared to be obscuring his identity more.
"He wore a hoodie and what appeared to some keen observers to possibly be women's-like clothing," McVeigh said of the May 30 incident, adding that the outfit included women's gray sweat pants and sweatshirt with a hoodie, a baseball cap and Uggs, the cold-weather boots that are popular among girls and women.
In the first robbery, court papers show, a teller inserted a red dye pack, which exploded and marked the cash. In the second robbery, the papers said, Daniel Amarosa demanded in his note not to include a dye pack.
In the May 22 robbery, they netted $1,460, which has not been recovered, McVeigh said. In the second robbery, police said, they took $2,340 and all but $20 of that was recovered.
Their escape was disrupted Wednesday by a man who spotted Daniel Amarosa going into the bank and running back to the waiting getaway car, a 2010 Nissan Altima, McVeigh said.
"The passerby thought to himself that the weather was a little warm for a hoodie," he said.
McVeigh said Cory Amarosa stepped on the gas when he saw the witness -- leaving his brother to fend for himself on foot.
Their plot foiled, the twins split: Daniel Amarosa ran east on Route 25 while Cory Amarosa drove west, police said.
The passerby flagged a patrol car and the officer chased and arrested Cory Amarosa. Another officer collared Daniel Amarosa.
The case was an odd one for even a veteran law enforcement officer.
"I think it's unusual anytime you get twins committing any crimes, just you know, statistically it's rare in my experience," said McVeigh, who recalls one or two cases in his 35-year career. "But it's not unheard of."
First District Court Judge Stephen Ukeiley set bail for each of the Amarosas at $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond at their arraignment in Central Islip Thursday. They pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree robbery.
At arraignment, Alfred Saunders, who represents Daniel Amarosa, said his client had no criminal record. A public defender said Cory Amarosa has no criminal record, but prosecutors and court records indicated he has two outstanding drug charges.
With John Valenti and Zachary R. Dowdy