Central Islip, NY - May 13, 2015 - Suffolk County Police arrested a 53-year-old Central Islip man for attempting to rob a Bank of America in Central Islip and for robbing a TD Bank in East Islip today.
Clenzo Thompson, of Central Islip, took a taxi cab to Bank of America, located at 185 Wheeler Road, Central Islip. At approximately 2:40 this afternoon, he entered the bank, approached a teller and produced a note demanding cash. The teller did not comply with his demand and Thompson exited the bank and got back into the waiting cab and fled.
Thompson then asked the taxi cab driver to take him to TD Bank, located at 6 Main St., in East Islip. At approximately 3 p.m., he approached a teller and produced a note demanding cash. The teller complied with his demand and Thompson exited the bank, got back into the waiting cab and fled.
Officers from the Third precinct responding to the robbery attempt in Central Islip quickly interviewed witnesses and were able to identify the cab company, David Brothers Taxi, located at 51 Park Avenue, Bay Shore. The officers contacted a dispatcher from the taxi cab company who located the cab utilizing GPS capabilities. The taxi cab company provided officers with the taxi’s location and the officers located the cab and arrested Thompson into custody at approximately 3:05 p.m.
The cab driver was unaware of the crimes and Thompson stated he was having a problem with his accounts at the two banks.
Thompson, who was currently on parole for robbing a cab driver in Medford in 2008, has also been convicted of robbing banks in New York City and Suffolk County.
Pattern Crime Unit detectives charged Thompson with Attempted Robbery 3rd Degree and Robbery 3rd Degree. He will be held overnight at the Third Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on May 14.
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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