A 54-year-old Brentwood man charged with committing three bank robberies in less than a week was arrested 20 minutes after allegedly robbing another bank in Babylon on Friday, Suffolk County police said.

George Swanton was spotted on Railroad Avenue around 12:25 p.m. and placed under arrest by responding officers who received a notification broadcasting the alleged robber’s description, police said.

Just 20 minutes earlier, Swanton allegedly walked into a Chase bank on West Main Street and told a teller he had a gun as he demanded cash, police said. As he waited, Swanton allegedly demanded money from a second teller. Both tellers complied with his request, police said.

Swanton was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery for Friday’s incident. He was also charged with two counts of third-degree robbery for allegedly robbing a Bank of America in West Islip on Jan. 14, and one count of third-degree robbery for allegedly robbing a Brentwood Citibank on Jan. 11.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.


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