Man wanted for series of bank robberies breaks into Chelsea bank

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CHELSEA, Manhattan — A bank robber wanted for a series of Manhattan robberies over the last few months struck again early Tuesday, police said.

The suspect allegedly forcibly opened teller drawers and a cabinet in a Chelsea Santander Bank around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday and made off with money, police said.

He allegedly enters each bank by breaking or removing glass panels in the buildings, police said. The suspect has made each of his five robberies since his first on April 6 during non-business hours.

In the first incident, he allegedly broke into Investors Bank in Midtown East, pried open a teller drawer and took cash, police said. He returned to the same bank twice more. On July 24, he returned, broke into a safe and fled with cash. The suspect forcibly opened a teller drawer there on Aug. 9, but left without any money.

About an hour after leaving Investors Bank on Aug. 9, the suspect allegedly broke into a Bank of America about 20 blocks north of Investors Bank, police said. He attempted to open a safe in the teller area, but fled without any money.

Police are asking for help in identifying the suspect.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).