Police Nab Suspect Who Robbed Same Bank 3 Days in a Row

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011  |  Updated 2:49 PM EDT
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Police say Charles Burnett, 29, is accused of stealing more than $26,000 before cops managed to stop his bizarre heist spree.

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The brazen burglar who robbed the same downtown Manhattan bank three days in a row was finally nabbed by police on Thursday, authorities said.

Police say Charles Burnett, 29, is accused of stealing more than $26,000 from the same branch before cops managed to stop his bizarre heist spree.

Burnett allegedly first hit the Sovereign Bank on Gold Street Monday morning.

Police say the robber, believed to be Burnett, walked up to a teller, moved aside a female customer in the middle of a transaction and passed the teller a note demanding an unspecified amount of cash.

The note also indicated he had a gun, police said. The teller gave him the money and he fled. No one was hurt.

The next day, he returned to the bank just before 11 a.m. and demanded more money. Police say he walked out with about $14,000. Again, no one was hurt.

Less than 24 hours later, Burnett allegedly returned to the bank for a third time, demanding money and leaving with more than $10,000.

Workers even recognized him as the same suspect who robbed the bank the day before, reports The New York Post.

This time, however, police spotted Burnett walking out of the bank, carrying a dark backpack. They recognized him from the wanted poster that had been tacked up in police stations after the second heist and took him into custody.

Burnett, a New Jersey native, was charged with three counts of robbery. He is awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

It wasn't immediately clear if Burnett had an attorney.

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