By Eden Laikin
Two arrests have been made in a recent string of bank robberies across Long Island – the result of “good police work, intelligence-sharing and cooperation” between the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.
Police continue to search for more subjects identified as participants in the 9 latest robberies.
Earlier this week, Nassau County’s Robbery Squad and Suffolk County Pattern Crimes Detectives were checking hotels and other locations on the Nassau/Suffolk border searching for subjects identified as participants in 7 Nassau County bank robberies and 3 Suffolk County bank robberies, Mangano said.
It is while searching the border area, that Suffolk Crime Stoppers received a tip that subjects were living at Avalon Bay Communities off Rutland Road in Melville.
Suffolk Pattern Detectives responded to the location, observed a mailman who confirmed that subject Adam Baron was residing at the apartment complex and Suffolk County Police verified this residency.
Through investigation, Baron had been identified for the robbery of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Westbury on December 26th – this would be the first case in the pattern.
As part of routine investigations, Suffolk shared the intelligence with our Robbery Squad.
Several minutes later, subjects driving a white pickup truck with Arizona plates pulled into Avalon Bay.
Investigation into the pattern had revealed that subject Baron had rented a white pickup with Arizona plates from the U-Haul office in Rockville Centre earlier in the month.
Two subjects were taken into custody without incident and with assistance from Suffolk County were transported to Nassau County Robbery Squad.
• The subjects are identified:
o Adam Baron, 18, of Melville with no prior arrests. Through further investigation, robbery squad has connected him to bank robberies in Rockville Center, N. Bellmore, Plainview, Farmingdale and two in Merrick.
o Jamie Ramirez, 25, of Melville with a prior arrest for robbery of a Nassau County jewelry store in 2008. Through investigation, Robbery Squad has connected him to 4 bank robberies.
“With busting these bank robbers, I’m proud to say that there is now only 1 open bank robbery in Nassau County for this year as 10 out of 11 are closed due to multiple arrests in the past few weeks,” Mangano said.
There were 54 bank robberies reported in Nassau County in 2013 – about average for the prior five years. Of the 54 robberies, 13 of them were armed events. 22 cases are closed with 6 arrests pending.
So far in 2014, there have been 11 bank robberies.
Mangano said Nassau County’s Robbery Squad has a great working relationship with bank security personnel and attends monthly meetings with the Long Island Fraud and Forgery Association where current bank robberies are discussed. Training is also given to bank personnel to educate them on how to conduct themselves during and after a bank robbery. Wanted Posters are distributed to all banking companies via the SPIN network.
Photos or video streams of bank robbery suspects are distributed to the media in a timely fashion by the NCPD Public Information Office.
Wanted posters are also placed on the Departments Crime Stoppers website and placed in the Fugitive Finder Magazine.
“We urge banks to work with our Police Department to enhance their security with simple enhancements, such as placing greeters at the door, bandit barriers and better video surveillance inside and outside the bank,” he added.