Caught: Cops cuff suspect after tellers foil his back-to-back attempted bank robberies

Foiled: Cops on Tuesday arrested this man, who they said attempted to steal cash from Bushwick and Fort Greene financial institutions last week.
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Authorities arrested a man on Tuesday who they suspect attempted back-to-back robberies at a pair of North Brooklyn banks last week, both of which were thwarted by tellers who refused to comply when he demanded cash.

The 41-year-old first struck at a Bushwick financial institution on Knickerbocker Avenue near Stanhope Street on Feb. 20, when he approached an employee around 10:02 am and slipped her a note requesting the green, police said, before asking “Are you going to give me the money?”

But the fearless worker denied his demand, and walked away from her station, cops said.

The man, empty-handed, then fled the bank on foot, heading towards Flushing Avenue on Knickerbocker Avenue, according to a report.

The nogoodnik reemerged on Feb. 21 at a Fort Greene bank on Myrtle Avenue near Vanderbilt Avenue around 4:46 pm, when he again walked up to a teller and handed him a note demanding bills, authorities said.

But that employee also did not acquiesce and left his station, and the unsuccessful snake fled on foot on Vanderbilt Avenue.

Police charged the man with two counts of attempted robbery, according to a report.

The suspect’s attempted holdups followed a string of seven other robberies at financial institutions across Brooklyn, in which cops said another good-for-nothing, who they are still searching for, stole cash using a similar letter-passing technique.

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Updated 5:48 pm, July 9, 2018: An earlier version of this story published on Feb. 22 was updated to note police arrested the suspect on Feb. 27.
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