Police: Mastic Man Charged in Week-Long Bank Robbery Spree

A Mastic man was arrested on Friday and charged with robbing three banks and attempting rob another in the area over an eight-day span, police said. 

Using video surveillance as well as tips, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the robber as 21-year-old John Harvey, police said.   

Harvey was arrested with the assistance of Seventh Precinct Crime Section and Cope Units at the corner of Winters Drive and Kameo Drive in Mastic without incident at 3:24 p.m. Friday, police said. 

Police said investigations revealed that Harvey was responsible for the following:

  • Robbing a Capital One Bank in Mastic on February 27
  • Attempting to rob a HSBC in Mastic on March 3
  • Robbing a Chase Bank in Center Moriches on March 3
  • Robbing a Chase Bank in Patchogue on March 6

Harvey is charged with three counts of third degree robbery and one count of third degree attempted robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday. 

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

ARCH STANTON March 11, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Barack March 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM
I agree with brian, all the people disagreeing are old, dumb, and lack the same intelligence as most people. All drugs should be decriminalized. Monitored and controlled by the government. No one decides oh hey today seems like a great day to use crystal meth. Alcohol and tobacco are legal and they are both in my opinion far more dangerous than any other drugs. there should be safe spots for drug users as well as taxes. It may seem like a bad idea to some but how can it be even worse than it is now. This probably wouldnt have happened if these guys could go to a spot and use drugs to kick withdrawl as well as help towards creating a better life instead of robbing banks and putting the money in the hands of drug dealers.
Barack March 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM
You can hate this idea as much as you want, but think 322 billion dollars as being put in the hands of drug dealers each year, i think we could really use that money about now. Instead Mexican cartels are using it to buy weapons and build a stronger criminal enterprise. Its not about free for all drugs use. Its about controlling the epidemic know as "the war on drugs"
chinga book April 05, 2014 at 09:25 PM
C O proved themselves to be a moron.
C O April 05, 2014 at 11:15 PM
There's only one of me Brian


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