FBI Hunts Queens Bank Robbers Who Use Gun, Fake Bomb

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010  |  Updated 7:33 PM EDT
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FBI Hunts Queens Bank Robbers Who Use Gun, Fake Bomb

Armed with a handgun and a fake bomb, two men have robbed four banks in Queens in the last two weeks.  Nobody has been hurt in the hold-ups. But FBI and NYPD officials are worried it is only a matter of time before they hurt someone if they are not caught.

This bank robbery spree began back on January 22 with a hold-up of the Queens County Savings bank at 247-53 Jamaica Avenue.  Another nearby branch was robbed just three days later.  Then the suspects hit Chase banks along Northern Boulevard and Horace Harding Boulevard.

Investigators said the pair has made of with tens of thousands of dollars so far.

In each case, one of the suspects enters the bank with the gun and a device made up of two flares.  The other suspect waits outside as a lookout.

The suspects have worn dark long coats and hats during the robberies.  The FBI and NYPD have released photos of the suspects from bank surveillance cameras.  Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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