Officers to be honored
By Graham Kates
Robber sports fake beard
An HSBC bank employee told police he was confronted by a robber on Monday at around 12:12 p.m., at 569 W. 235th St.
The victim told police that the suspect — clad in a black jacket, a white shirt, black sweatpants, one white latex glove and a fake black beard — approached and handed him a note stating, “This is a bank robbery I have a concealed gun give me the money in the drawer. Thank you.”
The employee handed over money and the suspect fled on foot with $3,238, turning northbound on Netherland Avenue.
Police noted that the suspect was not given the so-called “dye pack” money, which can be triggered to release a small explosion of ink, marking both the stolen tender and the suspect.
The case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and remains open.
A pair of Grosvenor Avenue residents were caught by surprise when a Range Rover came barreling through their backyard hedges and onto their porch, before hitting their back door, at around 6 a.m. on May 10, police said.
While the two victims, who police said were too afraid to go downstairs, called the cops, the suspect made himself at home. Police said the 30-year-old man entered the home, turned on a television and drank a bottle of wine and a can of soda from the victims’ refrigerator.
When police arrived, they observed that the suspect smelled of alcohol, was unsteady and acting delusional.
Asked to identify himself, the victim said, “The King of Russia,” according to police.
He was also found to be in possession of a dollar bill capable of defrauding vending machines.
The suspect, who refused to take a Breathalzyer test, was charged with drunk driving, burglary, possession of a forged instrument and criminal mischief.
A 23-year-old man told police his 2825 Clafflin Ave. apartment was burgled at some point before 10 p.m. on May 10.
The victim said that when he returned home from work, he found his apartment’s front door lock broken and several items missing, according to police.
Among the items reported stolen were: a Dell laptop worth $900, a portable hard drive worth $90, $150 in cash and an engraved bracelet.
The case remains open.
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