2016-06-01 / Front Page

Cops Hunt ‘Hole In The Roof’ Bank Bandits

By Liz Goff
A crew of crafty crooks cut holes in two backyard fences and borrowed a homeowner’s ladder to reach the roof of a Rego Park bank on May 21, then cut a hole in the roof of the bank and made off with the contents of several safe deposit boxes, police said.

A supervisor at the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank on Woodhaven Boulevard near 64th Road spotted the hole in the roof on the morning of May 23 and alerted police, who described the heist as “well planned” and the thieves as “cunning, but not completely cautious.”

Cops said the break-in was similar to a series of citywide burglaries. “It appears to be part of a pattern we’re looking into right now,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “It’s a 10-case pattern that we’ve been investigating for a year now.”

The burglary had to be well planned, a police source said. “They were apparently aware that the people living on both sides of the bank were never at home on Saturday night.

“It looks like they watched the site for some time before they made their plans,” the source said. 

Investigators believe the thieves built black, plywood shed on the roof of the bank to cover up their activities, the source said. “They grabbed the contents and left the empty boxes on the roof,” the source said.

“They appear to be “pros,” Boyce said. “They cut the video surveillance, but they left behind some images that may help identify them.”

“They may think they’re cunning, but everyone makes a mistake,” a police source. “It only takes one mistake to end up in jail.”

Police did not reveal the contents of the stolen safe deposit boxes, or how much cash was stolen in the burglary.

Police are seeking help from the public to identify and locate the suspects, and are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


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