Sunday, October 21, 2012
A Halloween-loving bank bandit just got a new costume — a jailhouse jumpsuit.
A terrifying robber dressed in a red skeleton mask and black gloves burst into a Brooklyn bank branch Wednesday and barked, “Happy f--king Halloween!” before pulling a gun on the teller.
The thief, later identified by police as Kevin Crawford, 20, allegedly spooked teller Maria Masallo with demands for twenty-dollar bills.
“I told you f--king 20s. Hurry up,” he allegedly yelled at Masallo, demanding $4,000.
She handed him double his stated price in cash and he bolted for the door.
Several witnesses followed the masked robber when he fled, surrounding the thug while they called the cops. He was busted nearby by Borough Park Shomrim volunteers, who held him until the police arrived.
Crawford was at the end of a two-day bank-robbing bender when he was apprehended, according to police sources.
On Tuesday, he allegedly struck at the Dime Savings Bank in Williamsburg, where he tried to open an account with a check written out for only 17 cents.
When a teller denied the request, he became livid and stormed off — only to return later.
The threatening youth allegedly gave a different teller a note: “Give me the money out of the register. I will kill you bitch.”
Crawford allegedly fled the bank with a loot bag containing $1,960.
On Wednesday afternoon, the brazen robber got in the Halloween spirit early when he allegedly hit up the Emigrant Savings Bank on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene.
“Trick or treat, give up the cash or I will kill you, bitch motherf--ker,” he allegedly snarled at the teller.
When the teller did not immediately empty out her drawers of cash — but instead turned to speak with her boss — the robber panicked and fled empty-handed.
The bank employee, Wilhelima Burgher, called 911, but Crawford pulled a disappearing act until later in the day.
Crawford was charged with robbery and attempted robbery.
The Shomrim who stopped Crawford — unarmed, civilian patrols set up by the Hasidic communities in NYC — are supposed to help fight burglary, vandalism and anti-Semitic attacks but do not have any authority to make arrests.
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