MANHATTAN – The NYPD cruiser stationed on bustling East 86th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues was no deterrent for a bold suspect that walked into the Chase bank at the corner, robbed the place and made a quick getaway on Thursday.
A number of officers and detectives were quickly on the scene of the robbery, seen inside the bank gathering evidence after the brazen mid-day heist. One officer stood watch at the entrance, keeping nosy customers out of the crime scene, while police tape blocked another doorway.
It was around noon Thursday when investigators say the suspect, described by police as a man in his 40s or 50s, walked into the bank and passed the teller a note demanding cash— though it’s not clear how much loot he got away with at this point.
Thursday’s bank robbery on East 86th Street comes exactly one week after an attempted bank robbery at another Chase bank on the Upper East Side.
Last Thursday, March 24th, police tell Upper East Site a suspect went into the Chase bank located at the corner of East 79th Street and Third Avenue around 4:15 pm and also slipped a note to the bank teller. However, in that robbery, the crook left empty-handed for some reason.
Right now, it’s not clear whether the two bank heists are related and no further suspect description was immediately available.
If you saw anything or have any information regarding today’s bank robbery, you’re asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.