Babylon Man Arrested In Suffolk Bank Robbery Spree

Originally published: January 18, 2014
Updated: December 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

Babylon, NY (MorichesDaily) – A Brentwood man was charged in three bank robberies Friday, but police say an another serial bank robber may be still on the loose as our area has seen a rash of bank holdups, Suffolk police said.

George Swanton, 54, of Brentwood, was arrested only 20-minutes after he was suspected of holding up the Chase branch on West Main Street in Babylon, police said. Police broadcast the robber’s description shortly after noon on Friday and shortly after two First Precinct officers found him nearby on Railroad Avenue, police said.

Swanton was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday on two counts of third-degree robbery in the Chase holdup; two counts for Tuesday’s robbery at a Bank of America branch on Montauk Highway in West Islip; and one count for the Jan. 11 holdup of a Citibank branch on Suffolk Avenue in Brentwood.

At all three banks, the robber told employees he had a gun and demanded cash from two tellers, police said. Police have not released how much was taken from the three branches.

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In one robbery the suspect fled to a waiting cab and told the driver he had a gun and to take him to the Babylon train station. The cab driver dropped off the robber in the area of the train station, police said.

Anyone with information about these incident is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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