Big Apple bank robberies have shot up 42% this year, with one midtown TD Bank hit an eye-popping four times.
The TD Bank at the busy corner of East 57th and Third Avenue has been a magnet for bandits since March, with the latest heist happening this month.
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A serial thief wearing a blue baseball cap walked into the branch on Oct. 20 and handed over a note saying “This is a bank robbery, I have a gun, open the drawer and pass me the money.”
He did not display a weapon and fled with about $760, the NYPD said.
The same bearded robber is suspected in two of the other robberies at the branch as well as in 15 other heists in Queens and Manhattan at Chase, Citi and Santander banks — walking away with a total of about $15,000, police said.
Video from a May robbery at a Capital One branch in Queens shows the suspect, who is wearing a baseball cap with “New York” on it and a zippered sweatshirt, sauntering into the branch carrying a paper shopping bag but without a mask or other facial covering.
The brazen thief has struck several branches repeatedly.
He is alleged to have hit the East 57th Street TD branch on June 8, taking $520, and on Sept. 1. making off with $545, police said.
The branch was also robbed on March 21 when a different suspect made off with $1,268, the NYPD said.
A customer at the targeted TD Bank said that she “wished” the news about all the heists “surprised me a bit more.”
“It does make me question more about what times I want to stop by or use the ATM, or when I go in if it seems there’s enough people around, although sometimes that doesn’t seem to be a deterrent,” said the 28-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Lizzie.
A security guard at the bank was alarmed by the repeated robberies.
“They’re beginning to not care,” the guard said about the thieves. “It’s sad.”
Nationwide, the number of bank robberies fell from 2,440 in 2019 to 1,724 in 2021. The nationwide peak came in 1991 with 9,388 robberies.
A TD bank spokesman said, “The safety of our customers and colleagues is a top priority. We have security measures in place, and when robberies occur, we work closely with law enforcement and offer programs to support impacted TD colleagues.”