A Centerport man was arrested Friday for a string of bank robberies that began in early July.
Suffolk County police charged Frank Marquez with three counts of third-degree robbery, one count of third-degree attempted robbery, and aggravated unlicensed operation for driving with a suspended license.
Using video surveillance and multiple Crime Stoppers tips, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified Marquez as the alleged bank robber in three separate incidents, plus one that was unsuccessful, police said. He was arrested near Butterfield Drive in Greenlawn Friday morning.
Police alleged that Marquez robbed a TD Bank on Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale on July 7, a TD bank on Deer Park Avenue in Deer Park on July 14, and a Capitol One on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon on July 21. He was also charged with the attempted robbery of a People’s United Bank in Huntington on July 14.
In a press release issued July 14, police said a man entered People’s United Bank and demanded money, but the teller did not comply. Twenty-five minutes later the same man was inside a TD Bank in Deer Park making the same demands, police said.
Marquez is being held overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.
The investigation into the robbery spree is continuing, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.