By Jay Behrke
TOWN OF NEWBURGH – “Armed Robbery?” said one local onlooker as he watched police going in and out of the Wells Fargo Bank, which had just been robbed at gunpoint. “It must be Tuesday.”
A police helicopter joined a K-9 assisted ground search as it circled above, trying to track the masked man who had stolen cash from the bank on North Plank Road Tuesday afternoon, exactly one week after another armed robbery at the nearby Chase Bank on 9W, and now the seventh such robbery in the area within the last six months. Police say the suspect – a white male of average build and height covering his face – handed a note to a bank teller requesting money around 1 p.m., then fled in camouflage-patterned pants on foot. No weapon was displayed.
“I was surprised,” said Newburgh resident Bernadette Romanelli, who was stopping by the Wells Fargo en route to picking up her daughter. “I looked and I saw helicopters flying all over the place, and then I saw all the yellow tape where you couldn’t enter. So, my main concern was ‘I hope nobody got hurt,’ because this is the bank I use all the time.”
If you have any information, please contact the Detective Division of the Town of Newburgh Police at 845.564.1100.