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Struck again: Swindler robs Slope bank in seventh holdup this year, police say • Brooklyn Paper

Struck again: Swindler robs Slope bank in seventh holdup this year, police say

Thief one: Police are searching for this jerk, who stole cash from a Dime Bank in Greenpoint after passing a note to a teller on Jan. 9.
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A letter-writing thief suspected of robbing no less than seven Kings County banks this year continued his cash-stealing spree at a Park Slope financial institution on Feb. 14, cops said.

The crook approached a teller at the Flatbush Avenue bank between Sterling Place and Eighth Avenue at 3:10 pm, before passing the employee a note that read “robbery” and “don’t try any funny stuff,” according to police.

The worker gave the lowlife $1,100 in cash — without a dye pack — and the man fled to parts unknown, officers said.

Authorities believe the Park Slope pilferer is the same guy who robbed six other banks in neighborhoods including Downtown, East Flatbush, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, and Greenpoint since Jan. 2.

In each incident, the suspect handed a teller a letter demanding green, and then hightailed it on foot after receiving some ill-gotten cash, according to officials.

Cops had yet to connect the Jan. 2 Boerum Hill robbery with the Greenpoint caper, which occurred on Jan. 9, when this newspaper first reported on the crimes on Jan. 11, because a police spokesman said the crook’s modus operandi of note-passing was too common to draw a link between them at the time.

“That MO is something we have seen many, many times in the past,” the spokesman said. “It’s a tactic that is used a lot.”

Investigators are also looking for a female acquaintance of the suspected swindler, who was spotted with the alleged thief on two separate dates that known robberies occurred.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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