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Cops: Melville men charged in bank robbery spree

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Two Long Island men were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with seven robberies or attempted robberies at banks throughout Nassau County, police said Jan. 29 in announcing the felony charges.

Adam W. Baron, 18, and Jaime Rodriguez, 25, both of 1119 Court N. Drive in Melville, will face a judge Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead for arraignment.

In announcing their arrests, police said the two roommates are responsible for the following: A Dec. 26 robbery at a Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 750 Old Country Road in Westbury, where Baron allegedly passed a note to a 23-year-old teller telling him he had a gun and demanding cash; a Jan. 13 robbery at a TD Bank branch at 290 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre, when Baron allegedly wore a red bandana over his face and passed a demand note before fleeing with cash; a Jan. 17 robbery of a Chase Bank at 1542 Bellmore Ave. in North Bellmore, when Rodriguez allegedly passed a demand note to a bank teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money; a Jan. 23 robbery at a Chase Bank branch at 1064 Old Country Road in Plainview, where Rodriguez and Baron were both allegedly involved, police said; an attempted robbery at a Chase Bank at 2122 Merrick Avenue in Merrick on Jan. 23; the Jan. 23 robbery of a Roslyn Savings Bank at 2111 Merrick Avenue in Merrick; and a robbery on Jan. 28 at a Chase Bank branch at 334 Main Street in Farmingdale.

In total, Nassau County police have charged Baron with five counts of second-degree robbery and one count of second-degree attempted robbery. Rodriguez was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, as well as third-degree robbery and second-degree attempted robbery.

Nassau detectives said they worked with Suffolk County Pattern Crimes Unit officers during the investigation. It was unclear Thursday morning if the men are suspected in any other crimes, but officials from both agencies are expected to release more information at a press briefing later Thursday.

After a Thursday morning arraignment, Ramirez was held on $2 million bail, while Baron was ordered held on $1.5 million. They are both due back in court on Feb. 3.



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