"Bouquet Bandit" Tied to Two Incidents

By Maria Eugenia Miranda
|  Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 11:42 AM EDT
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"Bouquet Bandit" Tied to Two Incidents

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of 100- and 50- dollar bills.

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Chivalry is not dead in New York City -- at least not to one bank robber.

A man with a bouquet of flowers entered the Bank of Smithtown on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea on July 15 at around 8:55 a.m., approached a teller and gave the teller a note demanding all of their 100- and 50-dollar bills, according to police.

The perpetrator added, “Don’t be a hero,"  cops said.

Once he had the cash in hand, the robber bolted, leaving the flowers behind.

It was unclear just how much money he made off with. A bank spokesperson did not return calls for comment.

And police say the same man appeared robbing another Manhattan bank on July 10 with a leafy plant. In that incident, the robber also left the plant with the teller.

Police describe the subject as a 30- to 35-year-old  male who is between 5'8" and 5'10" tall. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes at the Bank of Smithtown.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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