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Cops seek help nailing bank thief

for The Brooklyn Paper

Here is the man whom police say robbed the Bay Ridge Commerce Bank on Fifth Avenue on Dec. 23.

According to police, this unshaven, 6-foot, fortysomething suspect entered the bank, which is at 82nd Street, at around 2:50 pm and handed a teller a note stating he wanted money and had a bomb.

He then revealed a device around his neck that had a flashing blue light. At that point, the teller handed over $4,164 in cash and the crook ran away.

Police say the thief wore a tan Modell’s baseball cap, red scarf, blue jacket, tan pants and dark sunglasses during the robbery.

It is unclear whether this incident was related to a robbery at the new Alma Bank on Fifth Avenue at 85th Street two days earlier. In that case, the robber — who made off with $392 — had covered his face with a ski mask.

Anyone with information about the Commerce Bank robbery is asked to call Det. Paul Courtney at (212) 384-5000 or Crimestoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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