Homeless man accused of robbing 4 banks in 11 days in April on Long Island

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MASTIC, N.Y. (WABC) -- Police arrested a homeless man on Long Island on Tuesday in connection with four bank robberies.

According to Suffolk County Police, William Mendolia, 55, who is homeless, was arrested Tuesday, accused of robbing four banks in 11 days in Center Moriches, Mastic and Shirley in April.

Police said during four robberies between April 9 and April 19 the suspect demanded cash after presenting a threatening note to tellers:

April 9 - HSBC, 1718 Montauk Highway, Mastic

April 13 - Empire National Bank, 1044 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley

April 16 - Chase Bank, 790 Main St., Center Moriches

April 19 - TD Bank, 530 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley

With video surveillance and tips, detectives identified the suspect, and Mendolia was arrested at a relative's home in Mastic on Tuesday.

Mendolia was charged with four counts of robbery in the 3rd degree. He is scheduled for arraignment on April 22.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS.