Yet another bank robbery was reported on Forest Avenue Wednesday afternoon, sparking a large NYPD response.
A white male between the ages of 30 and 40 walked into the TD Bank branch at 1600 Forest Ave. in Port Richmond Center at around 4 p.m., passed a note to the teller and fled with approximately $4,500, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commission of Public Information.
The robber, who got away on foot, was wearing a black jacket, black pants and sunglasses, police said.
There is a police presence at several businesses in the area as cops investigate the heist.
Staten Island -- and in particular Forest Avenue -- has seen an alarming wave of bank robberies this year, contributing to a spike in robberies in the borough.
Between Jan. 21 and Wednesday, the NYPD responded to eight bank robberies and attempted bank heists on Staten Island. Five of the incidents during that time have occurred on Forest Avenue.
While police have arrested and charged two individuals in connection with three incidents, five of them still remain unsolved, with the same man sought in at least three.
INSIDE THE WAVE
On Jan. 21 just before 2 p.m., a man with his face covered went through the drive-thru at Santander Bank, located at 1850 Victory Blvd. in Castleton Corners, and sent a note through the pneumatic tubing system demanding money, police said.
The man allegedly wrote in the note that he had previously placed a bomb at the ATM located inside the building and that “if he drives off with no bills, he will set it off in 15 seconds,” according to police.
The man did not receive any money and fled the scene driving a red Ford truck. Police released images of the vehicle later that week.
No arrests have been made in connection to this incident.
BANK ROBBERY IN GRASMERE
Only four days after the first attempted robbery, on Jan. 25, a man wearing a camouflage jacket entered a Santander Bank located at 1320 Hylan Blvd. in Grasmere, approached a teller and passed a note demanding cash, police said.
The man was able to walk away with $600 and fled the bank, according to police.
On Feb. 3, police arrested Ivo Bogdamovic, 49, of 1st Place, Brooklyn, in connection to the heist and charged him with robbery.
BIZARRE INCIDENT AT 2 BANKS, INSTAGRAM VIDEO
On Jan. 30 a man entered a Northfield Bank at 519 Forest Ave. in West Brighton at around 1:30 p.m., announced it was a robbery and left without any money, police said.
After only eight minutes, the same man entered the Victory State Bank located at 755 Forest Ave. and, after a brief conversation with a female employee screamed it was a robbery, according to police.
“I just want y’all to know it’s a mother f-----g robbery,” he shouts in a selfie-style video he allegedly posted on social media. “Everybody put your hands on the floor. Get your hands on the f-----g ground right now.”
Nobody reacts to the man, who walks out of the bank, the video shows and police confirmed.
Police arrested Augustin Nadreau, 25, of the 100 block of Treadwell Avenue, in connection to both incidents.
Originally, Nadreau faced reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct charges.
District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, however, upgraded charges to include attempted robbery, affecting the status of a case where Nadreau allegedly threatened in 2018 to bomb a bank if he didn’t receive $1 million in cash.
NYPD LINKS 3 ROBBERIES; RELEASES IMAGES OF MAN SOUGHT
On Feb. 10, the NYPD released surveillance images of a man sought in connection with three bank robberies.
The first robbery allegedly committed occurred on Jan. 29 at approximately 11:30 a.m. when an unknown man entered a Northfield Bank branch, located at 1481 Forest Ave. in Port Richmond, and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, according to police.
In that incident, the man walked away with approximately $2,000, police said.
Three days later, on Feb. 1, a man entered a Richmond County Savings Bank in Sunnyside, and handed a note demanding money, according to police.
The man received over $7,000, police said.
In the third incident, on Feb. 10, a man entered a Chase Bank location located at 666 Forest Ave. in West Brighton at approximately 1:36 p.m., and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, according to police.
The teller complied and the individual fled the scene with approximately $7,500, according to the NYPD statement.
Overall, the man received approximately $16,500.