The thieves got away with the contents of several safe deposit boxes in a heist police believe is likely connected to at least ten other robberies, including one in April at the Borough Park branch of HSBC where $280,000 in cash and valuables were stolen. The latest theft and missing deposit boxes was discovered by a bank employee at around 8:30 this morning.
Adding to the mystery surrounding the robbery, the robbers left 36 empty safe deposit boxes on the roof of the bank, as well as the ladder they used to climb up. A hole was cut into the roof and the bank’s fence, and the feed to the security cameras had been cut as well.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce referred to the burglars as “pros,” saying, “It’s a ten case pattern. Generally they seek to get the boxes inside, and they stack them up on the roof.”
Local residents were shocked to learn about the robbery. “With all the sophisticated security we have today, this is the result of it?” asked John Dabrowski. “I mean, it’s unbelievable.”
Maspeth Federal Savings Bank said customers who sustained losses will be notified by tomorrow.