Bumbling Thief Botches 2 More Robberies, Now 2 for 8

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    Police released this surveillance video of a suspect wanted in at least eight robbery attempts entering a Duane Reade on 7th Avenue. (Published Tuesday, May 24, 2011)

    Time to get a new day job.

    The man sought in connection with five attempted robberies at Manhattan retail outlets, four of which he bungled, tried to rob another three stores this week and only managed to steal cash from one, making him two for eight in robbery attempts since April, police said.

    Police said the suspect, described as a white male between the ages of 35 and 45, has tried to rob at least eight chain stores, mostly Duane Reade outlets, in less than two months. He botched his first three attempts before successfully robbing a CVS on May 8. Later that afternoon, he tried to rob another Duane Reade and failed again.

    The suspect was apparently dormant for a few weeks before going on an attempted robbery spree this weekend. Police say the suspect, who has been seen wearing a gray sports jacket, blue jeans, a black baseball cap and dark sunglasses, tried to rob a Mrs. Fields cookie store on Broadway on Saturday just after 6 p.m.

    Perhaps disheartened by his failed attempt, the suspect tried to rob another store -- a Duane Reade on 7th Avenue -- just two hours later. Once again, he made off with nothing.

    The suspected robber did get lucky on Monday, though. Police say he made off with an undetermined amount of cash from a Chase Bank branch he robbed at about 2 p.m. Monday on 7th Avenue.

    In each robbery attempt, the suspect enters the store while covering his face with one hand and places the other hand beneath his shirt, pretending to have a weapon.

    The suspect then approaches an employee at the counter and demands cash from the register. He flees on foot in an unknown direction.

    The suspect is described to be about 5'7" to 6'00" and 200 pounds.

    Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery attempts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

    The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.  All calls are confidential.