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Police in Suffolk County are investigating after a Tuesday morning bank robbery at a West Islip and detectives believe the suspect may be a man have committed a string of similar holdups, according to a police news release.

The Jan. 14 robbery occurred just before 10 a.m. at a Bank of America branch on Montauk Highway in West Islip.

Cops said the brazen crook approached a teller, said he had a gun, and demanded cash. As the employee was gathering the money, the heavy-set thug allegedly demanded cash from another teller in the bank.

Both workers complied with his demand and passed over an undisclosed amount of money.

Detectives said the man fled into a waiting taxicab and told the driver he had a gun before demanding to be driven to the Babylon Long Island Rail Road station. The man was last seen near the train station, prompting a police search of incoming and outgoing trains.

The suspect was not apprehended.

Police said the suspect is a white male, approximately 5-foot-10 and between 50 and 60 years old. He has a heavy build and was wearing a dark jacket and dark-colored knit hat during the last robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect is urged to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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