Cops say Bay Ridge bank bandit had fake beard

Police at the scene of the Flushing Bank robbery begin their investigation on Third Avenue. Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The bandit who robbed a Bay Ridge bank on March 21 wasn’t wearing a mask, but tried to conceal his identity by wearing a fake beard, police said.

Police are looking for the unarmed man, who robbed a Flushing Bank branch at 7102 Third Ave., a normally busy commercial avenue, on Friday morning.

Police at the 68th Precinct said the suspect entered the bank, located on the corner of Third Avenue and 71st Street, at approximately 10:30 a.m., approached a teller’s window and handed the teller a note. “He didn’t have a gun. He handed had a note with his demand on it,” a cop told the Brooklyn Eagle.

After the teller handed the suspect cash, he left the bank and fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described by police as a dark-skinned man in his late 20s who could be black or Arabic, approximately 160 pounds, wearing a fake black beard, black pants and a black Northface jacket. He was carrying a black duffle bag.

Police did not say how much money the suspect got away with in the robbery.

Third Avenue, where the robbery took place, is a busy commercial area with dozens of shops and restaurants located in the immediate vicinity of the bank. The avenue is usually crowded with pedestrians but its unknown if anyone saw the robber fleeing.



March 24, 2014 - 1:30pm



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