West Hempstead Bank Robbed, Suspect On The Run

A bank in West Hempstead was robbed on Friday morning with a suspect still at large.

The robbery occurred at 11:50am in the Bank Of America, located at 60 Hempstead Avenue. There were eight employees and four customers in the bank when the suspect approached a bank teller with a robbery note. Details of bank robbery notes are never released. A weapon was never shown, nor did any of the witnesses claim to see one.

The suspect is described as a six foot tall black male, around forty years old, of average build and around one hundred eighty to one hundred ninety pounds. He was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, a black baseball cap, and dark sunglasses.

Upon receiving the note, the teller complied with the note and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect then fled out of the bank through a door in the rear. None of the employees or customers were injured in the robbery.

Friday morning’s robbery marks one more robbery to the growing list this year. By July seventh, the 5th Precinct had marked a sixteen percent increase in commercial robberies in its Year-To-Date comparison to 2007’s crime statistics. This notes a substantial increase in robberies in the summer months, as the precinct’s own statistics show a two-hundred percent increase in commercial robberies for the month of June.

While the twenty-eight day comparison of June, 2008 to June of 2007 shows an increase in overall crime of over twenty percent, the year-to-date comparison notes a decrease of just over one percent.

The Fifth Precinct is not the only district seeing an increase in commercial robbery. According to the Nassau County Police Department’s crime statistics, there has been a 40.78% increase in commercial robberies this year. This marks the second highest increase, second to murder.

The Fifth Precinct along with the rest of the Nassau County Police Department aim to find and apprehend the suspect in Friday’s case. Detectives on the case request that anyone who has information calls crime stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward if information leads to an arrest.

Adam Michaelson

Nassau County Police Department, 5th Precinct.
7/28/YTD Nass-Stat Comparison Report. Retrieved July 18, 2008, from

Nassau County Police Department, NCPD Total.
7/28/YTD Nass-Stat Comparison Report. Retrieved July 18, 2008, from


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