Crook Hits 2 Banks in Record Time
By David Greene
NEW YORK– Police have penalized one bank robber for an early withdraw and are looking for at least one suspect, who possibly robbed two banks, a mile apart– in under 25 minutes.
Police in the 40th Precinct were called to a Chase Bank, located at 360 East 149 Street in the Melrose section, at 9:30 a.m. on June 19. Officers canvasing the area were searching for a middle aged black man, who passed a note.
Officers quickly apprehended and charged Milton Lanza, 41, of Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn.
Lanza was charged with attempted robbery, assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and harassment.
Nine days later, officers from the 44th Precinct were called to Chase Bank, located at 101 East 170 Street in the Mt. Eden section. One NYPD official stated, “The suspect passed a note and demanded cash, the suspect fled with $200.”
Police at the scene reported a witness had described the suspect as a Hispanic male, wearing “a windbreaker and a white surgical mask.” The individual is believed to have fled on foot along East 170 Street, towards the Grand Concourse.
At 10:10 a.m. on June 28, the HSBC Bank at 5 East Fordham Road reported a robbery. The police official again stated, “The suspect passed a note and demanded cash. The suspect fled with $500.”
Sources say officials from the 52nd Precinct were reportedly looking for a male Hispanic, wearing all black and wearing a white surgical mask. The suspect also fled the scene on foot.
One police source not familiar with the details of this particular case, believed the suspect jumped on the D-Train, before robbing the second bank in Fordham, rather than try robbing the Apple Bank of Saving’s across the street from Chase on East 170 Street or the Ponce de Leon Federal Bank down the block.
The police source added with a smile, “You know he must have just caught the train, you have to admit he made good time.”
Police officials would not say if the two cases are connected, but stated that no arrests have been made in either case.