A Greenlawn man suspected of robbing three banks this month was tracked down after detectives discovered he had been previously charged with driving with a suspended license, Suffolk police said.
Investigators spotted Frank Marquez's 1994 Jeep Cherokee near his home and tailed it before arresting him Friday morning as he was driving on Pulaski Road, said Det. Sgt. Edward Compagnone of the pattern crime unit, which handles bank robberies.
Police said Marquez, 46, robbed TD Bank branches in Farmingdale and Deer Park on July 7 and July 14, respectively; and Capital One in North Babylon July 21. On July 14, he also attempted to rob People's United Bank in Huntington Village, police said.
Several Crime Stoppers tips and video surveillance helped identify Marquez, an unemployed mold-remediation worker, Compagnone said.
The total amount of money stolen was not released, but Marquez said the suspect spent it all.
Marquez was being held overnight for arraignment Saturday on charges including three counts of third-degree robbery and third-degree attempted robbery.
Court records show he was arrested in 2009 on a misdemeanor charge of third-degree aggravated unlicensed of a motor vehicle. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Police ask anyone with information on the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.