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Cops: We have the ‘bomber’ bank robber

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Cops have defused Bay Ridge’s bomb-threatening bank robber.

Police arrested 30-year-old Peter Manisero of Fourth Avenue on Nov. 17 and charged him with stealing thousands of dollars from two banks last week.

During both robberies, Manisero handed the teller a note saying that he had a bomb — though he left behind fingerprints on at least one of the notes that allowed cops to track him down to his apartment near Bay Ridge Avenue.

Police say that Manisero confessed to the crimes. For now, he’s only been charged with the robberies, not the bomb threat.

Manisero made his first hit on Nov. 9 at Flushing Bank on Third Avenue, according to police. Further, cops say that he entered at around 3 pm and passed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Don’t be alarmed, I have a bomb.” The frightened teller handed over the cash in her drawer — $1,725 — and the perp fled.

The second robbery went down three days later at Atlantic Bank on 13th Avenue. This time, Maniser allegedly handed the teller a note that read, “Give me cash, I have a bomb in my backpack.” The teller gave the thief more than $3,600.

This isn’t Manisero’s first brush with the law. He was convicted of burglary in Brooklyn seven years ago and sentenced to time in a drug treatment program. But his family said that he was trying to get his life on track.

“We are all shocked that this happened,” said Thomas Manisero, Peter’s brother. “He has two kids and we thought he was getting back on the right path.”

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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