‘Heartbreak Bandit’ Strikes Maspeth Bank
Feb 17, 2009 | 1618 views | 2 2 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Valentine's Day morning, while most Maspeth residents prepared themselves for romance, an armed robber stormed the Valley National Bank on Grand Avenue and made of with roughly $11,000 in cash.

The suspect, who the police have not yet identified by name, remains at large.

The robbery occurred around 11:40 a.m. at the bank at 64-01 Grand Avenue. Detective John Webber, of the 104th Precinct, said the robber, a black male wearing a dark jacket and hat, entered the bank with a firearm drawn and demanded money from the bank vault.

The bank employees on duty did not have access to the vault, said Webber, and instead offered the cash on hand behind the counter.

After collecting approximately $11,000 in U.S. currency, the robber fled the bank.

Webber said the police responded by issuing a Level One mobilization call, which brought the NYPD Task Force, police aviation, and 104th Precinct officers to the crime scene.

The joint forces carried out a grid search of the area but failed to apprehend the suspect, Webber said. The heist is now under joint investigation by the Major Case Robbery Task Force and the 104th's detective unit.

"Sometimes it takes time with these bank robberies. It can take a while to get them," Webber said. "We'll go with all the leads we can get.”

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A REALIST
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February 28, 2009
I AM SURE IT TOOK THE COPS FROM THE 104TH PCT FOREVER TO GET TO THE BANK AND THAT IS WHY THEY COULD'NT CATCH HIM. IN MASPETH WE CALL THE COPS OF THE 104TH PCT. LESBIANS BECAUSE THEY DON'T DO DICK!!!!!!
Please report better
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February 23, 2009
The Queens Ledger should refrain from using vapid descriptions of crime suspects.

Please take a tour around Maspeth and tell me how many black males you see wearing "a dark jacket and hat"? Ought all these men be considered crime suspects?

If so, label me wrong and continue doing what you're doing. If not, please push the police to provide you -- the reporter -- with better descriptions, or don't bother publishing a description at all. By failing to get a good description of a crime suspect (height, hair, shoes, eye color, what kind of hat, what kind of coat, getaway car, etc.) you are allowing your readers to perpetuate already deeply engraved stereotypes about black men.

So please stop it.

Thanks kindly.