COMMACK, New York, June 12
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Suffolk police say they arrested the man believed to have robbed seven banks since May 24.
Brian Blackford, 40, of Kings Park, was arrested on Monday in Dix Hills after an alleged three-week spree.
In a similar fashion to how he allegedly raided banks in Commack, Deer Park, Farmingdale, Sayville and North Lindenhurst, police said, Blackford entered Capitol One Bank at 250 Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset on Monday and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The teller obeyed and the suspect jumped in a vehicle waiting outside with cash in hand.
Patrol officers were forwarded a description of the suspect and the vehicle, and First Precinct officers were able to identify and stop the vehicle “without incident,” according to police.
Inside the vehicle, police said, they found Blackford and driver Fitzalla Coward, 51, of Brentwood.
Blackford was charged with seven counts of robbery in the third degree and was arraigned on Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.
Coward was charged with one count of robbery in the third degree for his suspected involvement in the Nesconset raid, police said on Monday.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Record (Thursday, June 5, 2014; A3)