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Things only ever get weirder around here.

The man nabbed after attempting to rob Apple Bank for Savings at 1321 Kings Highway on Wednesday was a world record holder for his ability to rapidly chomp down on glass lightbulbs. With talent like that, we’ve got to wonder what he ever needed the money for.

Oh, and he also robbed or attempted to rob at least 10 other banks.

The New York Post reports:

R.J. Williams, 22, who holds the world record for wolfing down a light bulb in a stomach-destroying 33 seconds, was busted yesterday after a failed bank robbery attempt in Brooklyn, cops said.

Williams, who lives on the Upper West Side, allegedly scored nearly $14,000 after knocking off seven branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

He was nabbed when he fled an Apple Bank yesterday in Midwood. Williams had begun to write a note to a teller on a deposit slip at one of the counters when employees started staring at him, police said, because he previously tried to rob the bank on Friday.

He left and bank staffers hit the silent alarm and dialed 911, then two employees followed Williams to the corner of 13th Street where Williams ducked into a doorway and started changing his clothes, police said.

Williams was wearing a blue jacket with a cream strip going down the arms and cream colored baseball hat.

… Eventually police brought the bank teller out to positively identify him.

The teller easily recognized Williams by his Elvis-esque sideburns.

“That’s him, 100 percent,” the teller told cops.

Inside Williams pocket was a pre-written demand note, police said.

He allegedly confessed to 11 capers. His spree began April 23, when he scored a paltry $268 from the HSBC bank in Sheepshead Bay, sources said.

You can see Williams win the world record in the video above.

Source: Google Maps

An armed robber attempted to stick up the Apple Bank for Savings at 1321 Kings Highway this morning, but was caught by police after trying to make his getaway.

The incident occurred shortly after 10:00 a.m., according to a scanner report.

NYPD was on the scene, and advised that the perp is in custody, caught at East 9th Street and Avenue P.

It’s unclear at this time what the suspect was armed with or if he left the bank with any money.

It’s the second time in five days that Apple Bank was the scene of a robbery. On Friday, a perp entered the bank at 2:15 p.m. and passed the teller a note demanding money. The perp left with cash, then hit two more banks on Kings Highway. Police are still searching for that suspect.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Capital One Bank at 1226 Kings Highway (Source: Google Maps)

Three banks along Kings Highway were robbed in a matter of 30 minutes on Friday by one speedy thief.

The crime wave started at about 2:15 p.m., when the male robber entered Apple Bank at 1321 Kings Highway. He handed the teller a note and left with cash.

The robber did not display a weapon, according to police.

Then, about 15 minutes later, he walked into the Capital One Bank at 1226 Kings Highway and gave the teller there another note. This time, though, he left without any money.

The third and final of the robberies occurred at about 2:40 p.m., when the suspect entered an HSBC Bank at 1621 Kings Highway. Again, a note was given to a bank teller who gave the man some money.

The robber was described by witnesses as Hispanic, around 5-foot-7, and about 150 pounds. He was said to have been wearing black pants, a red baseball hat and a red shirt.

Currently, the police do not know how much money the robber got away with.

“It’s very unusual for a guy to do three banks in a row, that close together, and to stay in the same area. He’s looking for a score, there’s no doubt about that. And he’s nonsectarian about which bank he goes to,” said Thomas McKenna, a retired New York first-grade detective according to the New York Times.

If you have any information about this crime, including the identity of the suspect, please contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

Manhattan Borough President – and mayoral contender - Scott Stringer sent out the following statement shortly after our report on Friday about the Avenue Z Jewish Center (875 Avenue Z) being vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. He wrote:

I am outraged by the news that the Avenue Z Jewish Center in Brooklyn has once again been defaced by anti-Semitic vandals, with graffiti on the entrance door to the center, as well as a sidewalk and nearby synagogue windows. There is no place in our community for this kind of vulgar and cowardly attack—and memories are still fresh of the February, 2011 vandalism at the center which looted a donation box and destroyed a large menorah and a Torah. I urge anyone with knowledge of this incident to contact the NYPD immediately, and I have no doubt that through their great work these perpetrators will be caught.

To our knowledge, the Manhattan politician is the only elected official to issue a statement relating to this incident.

An example of the graffiti found in front of the Avenue Z Jewish Center (Photo: Ari Kagan)

Ari Kagan, the Russian-American journalist and community liaison for Comptroller John Liu, dropped us a note informing us that the Avenue Z Jewish Center (875 Avenue Z)  was hit again by anti-Semitic vandals over the weekend, making it the second incident in a little over a year.

According to Kagan:

Graffiti appeared on the entrance door of the Avenue Z Jewish Center, as well as at a sidewalk leading to it. President of the center Jay Freeze and board member Felix Filler expressed real concern about numerous signs on a sidewalk, like “Russ Jews”, “Jews”, “Russ” and stars of David. Similar graffiti with the same handwriting could be seen at the windows of the synagogue.

In February 2011, vandals smashed the back window of the Avenue Z Jewish Center and stole $200 from a donation box. They also destroyed a large menorah and a Torah, costing thousands of dollars. The perps were never found, despite a $1,000 reward offered by Councilman Michael Nelson.

According to Kagan, the Avenue Z Jewish Center has informed the NYPD’s 60th Precinct and Community Board 13, and will soon install security cameras to guard the entrance.

Correction (12:28 p.m.): The original version of this article inaccurately stated that the center notified Community Board 15. It was actually Community Board 13. We regret any confusion this may have caused.

S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue has been closed all morning, following an attempted break-in at the business.

Police are on the hunt for the attempted burglar, and tipsters tell us that they’re knocking on neighbors’ doors in search of information. The attempted break-in took place at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Authorities confirmed that there was an incident, saying the thief forced his way in but took no property. They declined to give additional information since the investigation is still ongoing.

Authorities have released video of a November 18 armed robbery on Avenue U, hoping residents will assist in finding the perp.

According to NY1, which posted the video here, the man walked into a business at 1204 Avenue U last month, jumped the counter and pressed a gun to the victim’s head. The victim turned over an unknown amount of cash from the register.

The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet-10-inches and about 220 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

Source: davidsonscott15/Flickr

We still haven’t heard back from the police regarding yesterday’s armed robbery in Manhattan Beach, but the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association said they have.

According to the group, an arrest was made in the afternoon and the perp was hit with charges relating to two robberies in the community. The incidents – yesterday’s, and one the day before – allegedly involved the same perp using a silver revolver.

Both incidents occurred on Corbin Place, according to MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck

We will update this post if we receive any further information from the 61st Precinct.

Police officers are in pursuit of an armed suspect who fled the scene of a robbery on Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The suspect is believed to be carrying a silver revolver, and made his getaway from Manhattan Beach in a silver Mercedes Benz. He was last seen driving away from Oriental Boulevard towards Emmons Avenue.

We do not yet know exactly where on Oriental Boulevard the crime was committed, though it appears no one was injured. We are awaiting confirmation from police sources.

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.): The robbery occurred near Dover Street on Oriental Boulevard.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional  photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Source: William Hook/Flickr

There are few things worth killing for in this world. An iPhone just ain’t one of them.

Unfortunately, at least one person disagrees, proving it by shooting and killing a 34-year-old Sheepshead Bay resident at around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

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