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Coram man charged in Long Island bank robbery spree

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A Coram man was arrested Wednesday behind the wheel of a stolen car and police said he is responsible for two robberies and four attempted robberies at banks across Long Island, according to a Sept. 12 police news release.

James Johnson, 44, of 18 Fife Drive, faced a judge Thursday for arraignment after being arrested on a slew of felony charges that included robbery, weapons possession, drug possession, reckless and unauthorized driving, officials said.

Johnson was pulled over on Mill Road and Granny Road in Coram while behind the wheel of a 1997 Plymouth that was reported stolen, police said in a news release. After officers arrested Johnson, they noticed he fit the description of a suspect wanted for numerous robbery attempts across Suffolk County.

Pattern Crime Unit detectives charged Johnson in connection with the following incidents:

  • The robbery of a Capital One Bank in Center Moriches on Aug. 9
  • The Jan. 25 robbery of a Chase Bank branch in Bohemia
  • An attempted robbery at a Bank of America branch in Medford on Feb. 5
  • A robbery attempt at a Chase Bank in Medford on Feb. 5
  • An attempted robbery at a Chase Bank branch on Feb. 11 in Farmingville
  • An attempted robbery a Capital One branch in Brentwood on Feb. 12

Johnson was formally charged with two counts of third-degree robbery, four counts of third-degree attempted robbery, second-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crimes to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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