Police Investigate Another Bank Robbery on Busy East 86th Street Corridor

Police investigate Citibank robbery on December 23rd, 2021/Upper East Site
Police investigate Citibank robbery on December 23rd, 2021/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – The NYPD is investigating yet another Upper East Side bank robbery, with the Citibank on East 86th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues becoming the target of a hold up once again on Thursday Morning.

Police investigate Citibank robbery on December 23rd, 2021/Upper East Site
Police investigate Citibank robbery on December 23rd, 2021/Upper East Site

Upper East Site was there as detectives arrived at the Citibank— its entrance blocked by crime scene tape— less than a half hour after the robbery at 9:42 this morning. Detectives spoke to uniformed officers on scene, before getting out of the biting cold and heading inside the bank to begin their investigation.

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Police tell Upper East Site that the heavyset suspect, went into the bank, which sits next to a busy bus stop, and slipped a note to the teller demanding money. Investigators say the teller complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over the cash— though police can’t say how much money he got away with at this point. 

Detectives enter Citibank after robbery on December 23rd, 2021/Upper East Site
Detectives enter Citibank after robbery on December 23rd, 2021/Upper East Site

As police investigated, customer after customer stopped to ask what happened and why they couldn’t get money from the ATM— one person even asked if all Citibanks were closed today, oblivious to the crime scene in front of them. 

Busy bus stop sits next to the Citibank robbed on December 23, 2021/Upper East Site
Busy bus stop sits next to the Citibank robbed on December 23, 2021/Upper East Site

This is at least the second time this Citibank location on the busy East 86th Street corridor has been robbed in just over two months time.

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Investigators believe a violent robber struck that same Citibank back on October 20th, though it’s not clear if there is any connection between that robbery and today’s heist.

Violent serial bank robber wanted in October 20th Citibank heist/Upper East Site
Violent serial bank robber wanted in October 20th CitiBank heist/Upper East Site

Police describe the suspect in today’s robbery as a heavyset man in a beige coat wearing a mask who got away from the scene on foot— unfortunately, not much to go on at this point. 

If you saw anything, or have any information on today’s robbery, you’re asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.

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