New surveillance video obtained by police and released to the public shows a man police believe is connected to a string of bank robberies that have occurred around Manhattan since August.
The most recent incident happened Tuesday evening when the man allegedly entered a Chase Bank at 245 Seventh Ave. He passed a note to the bank teller demanding money and said he had a gun. The teller then walked away and the man fled from the bank empty handed, according to police.
Before that, on Sept. 1, the man entered a Santander Bank location at 864 Eighth Ave. and allegedly approached the security guard. After a brief conversation, the man then placed a hard object against the security guard's back and told him not to move, police said. The man then approached the bank teller and demanded money.
The teller gave the man an unknown sum. He ran off with it in an unknown direction, according to police.
The first incident happened Aug. 24 when the man allegedly entered a Santander Bank at 1350 Broadway. He demanded cash from the teller and said he had a gun. Two of the tellers gave the man an unknown sum of money and he then ran west on W. 35th St., police said.
He never displayed a handgun and no shots were fired. No injuries were reported.
The man is described as being in his late 40s or early 50s. He is 5-feet 7-inches tall and has a thin build. He has a gray beard and crooked and discolored teeth. At the time of the Aug. 24 incident, he was seen wearing a bright orange T-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap with "NY" on the front.
He can be seen in surveillance photo and video obtained by police and released to the public.
If you have any information related to this incident, submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.