Neighbors and bank customers clamored for information yesterday, as police converged on the TD Bank at 1602 Avenue U, taped off its entrance, and stayed on scene for most of the day following an overnight robbery committed by a daring thief.
According to reports, at least one robber accessed the roof of Medical Plaza P.C. at 2101 East 16th Street – right next door to TD Bank – opened a hatch, and descended into the business on a rope. The thief then busted through one of the walls to TD Bank and ransacked the bank’s safe deposit vault, stealing from multiple boxes.
The break-in wasn’t discovered until Monday morning, when employees opened up and found the mess, according to the Daily News. Fearing that the robber was still inside, police responded quickly – but the thief had escaped through the same roof hatch next door long before anyone arrived at the bank.
Police suspect more than one person participated in the robbery, reports the New York Post.
Neither the bank nor authorities have disclosed the amount of safe deposits accessed, or the total value of the goods taken.
Investigators were still on scene late into the evening, and one reader who lives adjacent to Medical Plaza P.C. said detectives visited them and other neighbors as they canvassed for potential leads.