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FBI seeks ‘Gatsby Bandit’ in Queens bank robberies


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A man the FBI is calling the “Gatsby Bandit” is wanted in three bank robberies around western Queens.

The suspect, who was given his nickname because of the hat he was wearing, last robbed the Astoria Federal Savings Bank on Broadway near 73rd Street in Jackson Heights on May 16, according to authorities.

He is also accused of robbing an Investors Bank on Broadway at 31st Street in Astoria on May 13 at 4:40 p.m., and a Santander Bank, on Roosevelt Avenue near 84th Street in Jackson Heights on May 7 at 3:30 p.m., where he may have pulled out a black handgun, the FBI said.

Authorities describe the “Gatsby Bandit” as a white man, around 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 45 to 50 years old. He has gray hair, blue eyes and a skinny build, and was last seen wearing black-framed glasses, a tan Gatsby hat, a black coat and blue pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI  at 212-384-1000. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

 

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Suspect wanted in connection with two bank robberies


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The NYPD is looking for a man in connection with two bank robberies.

The first robbery occurred on Nov. 8, 2013 at about 12:26 p.m. at Apple Bank, located at 43-73 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, according to police. The suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the bank teller demanding money. The teller obeyed and then the suspect fled with $639.

The second incident took place on Jan. 11 at about 12:28 p.m. when the suspect entered an Astoria Federal Savings Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money, said police. The teller complied and the suspect them fled with $1,122.

Police are describing the suspect as a 30-35 year old black male, who is about 6 feet tall and weighs between 220-240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark knit cap and a dark jacket with a hooded sweatshirt.

The NYPD has released surveillance photos from the two incidents.


Incident #2 – Astoria Federal Savings Bank

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Police searching for suspect in string of south Queens bank robberies


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Police are looking for a man in connection with a string of bank robberies yesterday in South Richmond Hill and Jamaica.

The incidents culminated with a robbery of Astoria Federal Savings Bank on 179-25 Hillside Avenue at about 10:20 a.m. The suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money, cops said. The teller handed him $3,300 and the man fled.

Before that incident police said the man also attempted to rob a Chase Bank on 103-48 Lefferts Blvd at about 9:14 and a Citi Bank on 121-11 Liberty Avenue a few minutes later using a similar method, but the tellers didn’t comply in either situation.

The suspect is described as a black male between 20-30 years old, about six feet tall and 185-200 pounds, authorities said. He was seen wearing black sunglasses, a tan shirt and a black lumberjack style hat in the Chase robbery. Then during the Citi Bank robbery incident he was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black lumberjack hat, black shoes and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Christ the King hosts ‘Community Day’


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Different organizations from around the borough joined together on Saturday, May 11 at Christ the King High School to share their initiatives with intrigued attendees. The American Cancer Society set up shop and detailed its Relay for Life event, and representatives from groups such as the Juniper Park Civic Association and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce were present. Reps from different banks such as CitiBank and Astoria Federal Savings Bank as well as insurance groups such as New York Life were also there to share information with anyone interested. The event brought the community together to explore many different areas, from physical therapy to photography studios.

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