Just a few months after a bomb-box robber was plaguing financial institutions Downtown, another bank robber has been busted.
The alleged robber was collared hours after he hit the J.P. Morgan-Chase Bank on Court Street near Schermerhorn Street on May 26, though he left that attempted robbery empty-handed, police said.
The drama began when the 28-year-old would-be thief wandered into the branch just before 10:30 am, approached a teller and passed a note that read, “All the $100s, $50s, $20s and no one will get shot. Act professional.”
But the wanna-be should have worried about his own professionalism: The bank was crawling with witnesses who were rushing to finish their business before the holiday weekend.
So when something went wrong before the teller handed over any cash — it’s unclear what, cops said — the suspect bolted from the bank, leaving behind the note and the pen he had used.
Shortly afterwards, the would-be thief himself ended up in the handcuffs of Police Officer Francisco Tejadea.
No one was hurt, according to Chase spokesman Michael Fusco.
The suspect faces charges that include attempted robbery, menacing and attempted larceny. He was arraigned on May 27 and released without bail.
Someone swiped nearly $20,000 in designer jewelry from a Remsen Street apartment while the owner was on vacation, police said.
One suspect seems to be the super, a woman who had been given a key to the unit, in a building at Hicks Street. Apparently, the resident had asked her to have another gold bracelet fixed during the owner’s absence, a task she completed as instructed.
But sometime during the 61-year-old victim’s absence, from May 7–26, a trio of Van Cleef & Arpel necklaces, along with matching earrings, disappeared. Also stolen was an antique gold bracelet, valued at $5,000.
The girl was just steps from safety.
Instead, the 10-year-old lost her nameplate necklace to a gun-toting thug who attacked her in the hallway of her own Willoughby Street building on May 22, police said.
The girl was coming home around 3:30 pm when the armed brute stopped her in the hall of her home, a building known to police as trouble, on the corner of Lawrence Street. He pulled out a black handgun and snatched the gold chain from around her neck, then ran off.
The youngster went home and told her 37-year-old uncle, who brought her straight to the police station to report the crime.
Police are now looking for a light-skinned Hispanic man, about 30 years old, 5-foot-8, with short, brown hair, dressed that day in dark blue jeans, a black tank-top and sneakers.
Someone stole a high-end Italian bicycle from a storage space on Washington Street on May 24, police said.
The owner, a 36-year-old Manhattan resident, runs a business in the DUMBO loft building, at the corner of Water Street. He left his sixth-floor office and storage space at 5 pm on May 24. When he returned about 24 hours later, his Bianchi bike — valued at $1,400 — was gone, along with the $100 bike rack.
Montague Street isn’t safe — for purses left all alone, that is.
That was the sad lesson offered to a 23-year-old woman on May 21, when her pocketbook disappeared from a clothing boutique on Montague Street, near Henry Street, police said. The victim stashed the bag under a table, but not far from the door, around 12:30 pm. When she checked again, an hour later, the purse was gone.
She asked her colleagues and even enlisted city workers to help her search trashcans on the street, but no one had any luck. The bag had disappeared, along with her driver’s license, several bank cards, her keys, $20 and a lipstick.
A laptop computer disappeared from a Navy Street elementary school on May 22, police said.
The owner, a 39-year-old teacher, left the Gateway machine on a desk inside the cafeteria at the school, near Flushing Avenue, from noon until 1:30 pm. When he discovered the year-old laptop missing, he reported the theft to police within 10 minutes, but the suspect seemed to be long gone.
Thieves snatched a 1996 Nissan Maxima from Pierrepont Street, near Hicks Street, between 5 pm on May 19 and 9:30 pm on May 21. The owner, a 25-year-old Queens woman, found her green sedan, which also had a $500 Alpine stereo system, gone without a trace.
Then, between 8 am on May 22 and 9:15 am on May 26, the front doors of a Jeep Wrangler that was parked in a garage on Henry Street, at Middagh Street, were stolen. The 32-year-old owner, a Long Island man, found the doors and side mirrors — valued at $1,200 together — missing from his 1998 vehicle.