Suffolk County Police today arrested an East Elmhurst man who committed two bank robberies in Northport over the past month.
Following an investigation, Major Case Investigations Unit detectives arrested Michael Walsh at 10:21 a.m. near his home in East Elmhurst. Walsh robbed the People’s United Bank branch, located at 563 Lakefield Road in East Northport on June 30 and the Chase Bank branch, located on 721 Fort Salonga Road in Northport on July 26. Detectives recovered numerous items of evidence including a replica 9 mm airgun, a police scanner, cash, a shoulder bag and other items linking him to the robberies.
The Nassau County Police Department and Town of Newburgh Police Department have been notified. The suspect has been implicated for bank robberies in those areas.
Northport Village Police assisted Major Case detectives in identifying Walsh.
Walsh, age 58, of 2405 89th St., East Elmhurst, was charged with two counts Robbery 1st Degree. He will be held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on July 30.
In addition, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Fifth Squad Detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate two unknown males who committed four armed robberies.
On Friday, July 15, 2011 at approximately 12:30 a.m., two black males wearing masks entered the 7-11 at 660 Lakeland Avenue in Bohemia, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the sales clerk. The clerk complied and the subjects fled on foot. At 10:52 PM the same day one of the males, wearing a yellow mask, entered Viajo’s Pizzeria at 1277 East Jericho Turnpike in Elwood, displayed a silver handgun and demanded money from an employee. The subject struck the employee in the head and took cash from the register. He then fled in a silver sedan that was driven by the other unknown subject.
On Friday, July 22, 2011 at 1:25 a.m., one of the subjects, wearing a yellow bandana covering half his face, a black hoodie and black gloves, entered the 7-11 at 1700 Veterans Memorial Highway, Islandia with a silver handgun, placed it at the head of a clerk, and demanded that he open all registers and hand over cigarettes. The clerk complied and the suspect then fled on foot. At 2:40 a.m. that morning, the same two men robbed the 7-11 at 5640 Sunrise Highway in Sayville. One subject, wearing the same mask, displayed a silver handgun and stole cash from the register while the other acted as the lookout.
The unknown black males appeared to be in their early 20s. One subject is about 6’2”-6’4” tall, 160 lbs., wore dark jeans that were acid washed on both the front and back thigh area, a black hooded sweatshirt, and carried a black backpack. The other subject is about 5’9” and wore long plaid shorts and a light colored T-shirt under a dark sweatshirt.
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