Police Make Arrest In Hampton Bays Bank Robbery

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Southampton Town Police arrested the man they believe robbed the TD Bank in Hampton Bays last Monday, making off with just more than $1,000 in cash.

Donnell Thomas, 28, of Selden was arrested on Tuesday morning at a friend’s house on Hawthorne Street in Mastic, according to Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.

Mr. Thomas was charged with one count of third-degree robbery, a felony, she said.

Det. Sgt. Costa said that police have been able to confirm that about half of the money stolen during the September 10 robbery, or $500, was used to secure a rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Det. Sgt. Costa said police were still trying to determine what Mr. Thomas did with the remainder of the money.

At around 4:40 p.m. that day, surveillance footage inside the West Montauk Highway bank captured images of a man later determined by police to be Mr. Thomas, enter the bank and hand a note to a teller, demanding cash. He indicated in the note that he had a weapon, and that he would kill the teller if they did not cooperate. After being handed just over $1,000, Mr. Thomas exited the bank and 
was last seen heading south on East Tiana Road. No injuries 
were reported during the robbery.

In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Det. Sgt. Costa said Mr. Thomas was located with the help of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. Mr. Thomas was arrested at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning without incident. The U.S. Marshals, Suffolk County Police and the Suffolk County Police Department K-9 Unit were all on standby at the scene.

It is believed that Mr. Thomas acted alone in the robbery and no other arrests are anticipated, police said.

Mr. Thomas was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at the Southampton Town Justice Court. According to Det. Sgt. Costa, he was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside without bail due to prior felony convictions. While she could not immediately say what the prior convictions were, she did say they could have an effect on the amount of jail time Mr. Thomas will serve if convicted. If convicted, he could be sentenced to seven years in prison. Mr. Thomas is due back in Southampton Town Justice Court on Friday, September 21.

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