Despite yesterday’s arrest of 58-year-old Michael Walsh, who was connected to six bank robberies across three counties in the state of New York, the Suffolk County Police Department does not have a clean slate from which to start fresh. Though two of the four open bank robberies from the past two months are cleared, one remains unsolved.
On Saturday, July 16, 2011, a man entered a Capital One Bank branch on Little East Neck Road in Babylon. He went up to a teller and handed her a note which stated that he was demanding cash. The teller gave him the money and he subsequently fled.
The man was last seen running out of the bank’s rear entrance and turning west. He is described as being a white male in his late 40s or early 50s, standing at 5 feet 5 inches tall with a slim build and dark hair, . The clothes he was wearing during the robbery were a white painter’s hat, sunglasses, a dark-colored jacket and shirt, purple pants with a white stripe on them, and dark shoes. He was also carrying a black shoulder bag. This description has ruled out Michael Walsh, age 58, as a suspect and items found in his home did not link him to this particular robbery.
The case is still being investigated by the Suffolk County Police Major Case Investigations Unit and detectives are asking anyone with any information to come forward. Tips can be phoned in confidentially to 631-852-6295 or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
This is not the only bank robbery that remains unsolved. On Thursday, June 16, 2011, a man walked into the TD Bank branch on Horseblock Road in Farmingville and approached a teller. He handed over a note, demanding cash and threatening the employee. The teller complied with the demand and, upon getting the money, the man fled the bank on foot. He ran across Horseblock Road and was last seen in a shopping center opposite the bank.
The man behind this bank robbery was described as being 6 feet tall and in his late 30s or early 40s. He was wearing a tan short-sleeve polo shirt and a classic blue Yankee hat with a white logo. No further description of the man and his remaining clothing could be obtained. Again, Michael Walsh was not connected to this bank robbery before or after his arrest.
The Suffolk County Police Major Case Investigations Unit is still investigating this robbery and ask for any and all information about the incident. Confidential calls can be made to 631-852-6295 or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Bank robberies are not the only incidents that remain open. On Sunday, June 26, 2011, a man came into a CVS Pharmacy on Horseblock Road in Farmingville. After simply inquiring about the availability of certain prescription drugs, he left, only to return a short time later. On his second visit, he handed the pharmacist a note in which he demanded these prescription drugs as well as cash. The note also contained a threat to push the pharmacist to comply. The pharmacist did comply and handed over the drugs and money, after which the suspect fled the scene on foot.
This perpetrator is described as being a white male with a thin build, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, and estimated to be in his early 20s. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a white and red baseball hat, and dark-colored pants. this robbery is unrelated to the June 16thbank robbery in Farmingville or the July 16thbank robbery in Babylon.
The case is still open and any information can be reported to the Suffolk County Police 6thPrecinct. Calls can be made to 631-854-8652 or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are confidential.
Though the Modus operandi that these three individuals used to carry out the robberies are very similar, this method is by no means uncommon. Unlike what Hollywood might suggest, very few robberies turn violent and even fewer involve perpetrators who even carry a weapon with them at the time of the incident. The case of David Laffer, who is currently awaiting trial for killing four people during the June 19throbbery of the Haven Pharmacy in Medford, is an isolated outlier due to the horrific nature of the crime. In fact, the quadruple homicide is the worse mass killing in Suffolk County history since 1974 Amityville murders, when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot six of his relatives to death.
In reality, quietly slipping a note or addressing a single teller or employee is the modern daytime robber’s preferred method over yelling for everybody to get down while carrying a machine gun and firing random rounds into the ceiling. The robber’s goal is to get in, get what they came for, and get out and away before the police show up. Taking the entire establishment hostage like in the movies does not accomplish this goal.
Though these robberies remain unsolved, they are by no means closed. Tips are still being accepted by the Suffolk County Police and Crime Stoppers, who can be reached at 1-800-220-TIPS.