Police catch winter bank robbery suspect
Police arrested a Ridge man on Tuesday afternoon who they say robbed two banks this past winter.
The Suffolk County Police Department alleges Christopher Collins, 25, robbed the Bank of America on Bennetts Road in East Setauket on Jan. 31 and the Capital One bank on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset on Feb. 17. The suspect in both robberies presented a threatening note to the teller at the bank.
According to police, Pattern Crime Unit detectives used video surveillance and tips from community members to identify Collins as a suspect. The detectives then placed him under their own surveillance.
Collins was arrested on Tuesday at about 3:15 p.m. on Middle Country Road in Ridge. He was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery.
No attorney information was available for Collins, a resident of Ruth Lane.
The defendant has unrelated charges already pending against him, including for petit larceny.