Suspected bank robber busted


Suffolk Police yesterday arrested a man that robbed two banks and attempted to rob four additional banks within a seven month span in Suffolk.

Police report Officers were on patrol when they observed a 1997 Plymouth driving recklessly south on Mill Road in Medford.  The officers pulled the driver over on Mill Road and Granny Road and conducted a computer check which revealed that the vehicle was stolen.  After arresting the driver, James Johnson, 44, the officers noticed that Johnson fit the description of a suspect who was wanted for a number of attempted robberies in Suffolk County.

Further investigations revealed that Johnson, of 18 Fife Drive, Coram, was responsible for the following:

  • Robbing a Capitol One Bank in Center Moriches on August 9, 2013
  • Robbing a Chase Bank in Bohemia on January 25, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Bank of America in Medford on February 5, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Chase bank in Medford on February 5, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Chase bank in Farmingville on February 11, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Capitol One bank in Brentwood today

During the first two robberies, Johnson passed a note to a teller demanding money and fled once the teller complied.  In the last four instances, Johnson passed a note demanding money but left the bank without proceeds when the teller did not immediately comply with his demands.

Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.


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