Police are searching for a man with “crooked teeth” and a New York sweatshirt whom they believe tried to rob two banks in two days.
The man struck out the first time, then tried again the next day with greater success, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman.
Here’s what happened, according to Hartman:
The man first tried to hold up the People’s Bank at 150 Whalley Ave. at Monday at 6:39 p.m. He walked in and passed a note to a teller at the bank.
“The note indicated the perpetrator had a gun and for her to hand over the cash,” Hartman wrote. “The teller didn’t give the would-be robber any money so he took his note and left.”
“Once gone, the teller notified a police officer who was working at the supermarket. The officer broadcast the suspect’s description, but he’d left the area. The suspect is described as an older dark complexioned black man, about 5’07”, with a medium build. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt with a ‘New York’ logo on the front. His teeth are crooked and he has brown eyes. He had a blue and orange baseball hat and wore blue jeans. The suspect arrived and left as the passenger in a black Nissan Altima. No weapon was displayed.”
Less than 15 hours later, at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, a manager at the Santander bank at 215 Grand Ave. “phoned police to report the bank had been robbed,” Hartman wrote. “A teller at the bank informed the manager after the robbery but hadn’t activated the alarm.”
“The robber passed a note, either similar or identical to the one used at the People’s Bank” on Monday, Hartman continued. “The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber took back his note and fled through the rear door. He was similarly dressed with a baseball cap that read ‘California’ on it.
“Investigators located clothing items worn by the robber. The images captured by the surveillance at each location, have convinced detectives that both incidents were perpetrated by the same man. The ‘New York’ sweatshirt, bad teeth and note fit the bill in both incidents.”
Cops encourage anyone with information that could help police identify the perpetrator to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Calls may be made anonymously.