Police: Serial bank robber help up 6 more Manhattan banks while awaiting sentencing

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October 19, 2019 - 5:50 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A serial bank robber awaiting sentencing for six Manhattan bank robberies has been arrested again for robbing six more banks, police say.

Spencer Heelan was arrested Friday afternoon in Greenwich Village after officers canvassing the area recognized him following a bank robbery in the Flatiron District.

Police say he confessed to robbing a teller at the TD Bank at Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street before confessing to five more robberies in lower Manhattan in the past week.

According to the Daily News, Heelan is a homeless heroin addict who was robbing banks to help pay for his addiction.

1010 WINS spoke with Sgt. Rafael Rodriguez, who was working with anti-crime officers when Heelan was arrested.

“We were on Varick and Carmine. We see him walking across the street. Officer Gonzalez recognized him. He said, ‘There he goes,’ fitting the same description that was broadcasted,” Rodriguez said.

“(Rodriguez) knew him from his last arrest, so we just got out the car, we apprehended him with no incident and we placed him under arrest,” Rodriguez said.

A judge had released Heelan as he awaited sentencing for six other Manhattan holdups.

According to the Daily news, he was initially held on $20,000 bail but was ultimately released to do a drug program after pleading guilty. But he didn’t finish the program and was on the lam until Friday.

“After being arrested... for robbing 6 banks in 2018, Spencer Heelan was back on street to rob 6 more banks in the last week,” tweeted NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

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