Police hunt for serial robber in Manhattan

May 24, 2011 3:11:09 AM PDT
The NYPD is the hunt for a man who has robbed or attempted to rob nine businesses in Manhattan.

There have been four incidents in the past three days.

Police say the suspect covers his face and puts his hand under his shirt, pretending to have a gun.

Surveillance video shows the man moments before he attempted to rob a Duane Reade in Chelsea last Saturday. The more recent incident happened Monday at a Chase Bank in Midtown.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35 to 40 years old, standing about 5-foot-7 to 6-feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He's been seen wearing dark glasses and a baseball cap.

So far, he's targeted stores and banks in Midtown and Lower Manhattan. Police say once he enters the location, he covers his face with one hand and places his other hand under his shirt, simulating a gun.

He usually approaches an employee at the counter and demands cash. Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.