A diminutive middle-aged man walks into a bank and hands the teller a note.
That’s not the start of a joke, but the beginning of an attempted bank robbery in Midtown Manhattan, which was nearly identical to more than a dozen reported incidents in New York City over the past several weeks.
Since mid-October, police have released information on at least eight bank robbery suspects who have struck multiple branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The suspects follow the same pattern of entering the bank and passing the teller a note demanding money. None of the alleged robbers has shown a weapon, authorities said. Perhaps because of that, the would-be thieves have been refused money on more than a few occasions, according to police reports.
A handful of the alleged assailants have tried to rob several banks in the same day, and have not been very successful, according to police. All of the suspects have been caught on bank video surveillance cameras, and police have released their images, asking for the public’s help.
Police officials have again released an image of the suspect in the latest robbery attempt, on Dec. 8, at the Amalgamated Bank on West 55th Street and Broadway.
A man looking to be about 55 years old and 5 foot 5 inches approached the Midtown Manhattan bank's teller window at about 11:30 a.m., and passed a note demanding money, the NYPD said. The teller immediately walked away without giving the man any money, as has been the case in previous attempts throughout the city, police have reported.
The man then walked out of the bank. He was last seen wearing a black winter coat and a black knit hat.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents should call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-8477, or for Spanish 888-577-4782. The public can also submit their tips at the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting to 274637, then entering TIP57. All calls are confidential.