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Queens man charged in Nassau bank robberies

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A Queens man was arrested Monday after vigilant employees at a Merrick bank saw him acting suspiciously and investigators say the man has also been charged for two other bank robberies in a nearby town, according to a Nassau County police news release.

John Graham, 31, of Jamaica, is awaiting arraignment Jan. 14 on charges of third-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree attempted robbery.

Police said Graham walked into a TD Bank branch in Merrick around 12:20 p.m. on Monday and was spotted “acting suspiciously.” Bank employees, cops said, were aware of another bank robbery in the area and “believed Graham may have fit the description of the subject.” They watched him get into his car and passed along information to the police.

Officers from Nassau’s Bureau of Special Operations tailed Graham along Sunrise Highway and stopped him near Nassau Road in Roosevelt.

In a news release, police said an investigation by Robbery Squad detectives revealed Graham “had intended to conduct a robbery at the bank.”

Investigators say he is also being charged for two robberies at banks in Valley Stream. The incidents happened at a TD Bank branch on Dec. 4 and at a Dime Savings Bank on Dec. 10.

Graham will appear at First District Court in Hempstead for arraignment.



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