On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the NYPD tweeted an alert for help identifying a young man that had attempted and failed to rob a Bank of America in Lower Manhattan. The next morning, seeming to not have learned his lesson, he attempted to rob a Chase bank on Delancey Street. Failing again, he tried his luck at a Citibank branch around Broadway and Astor Place. He was finally arrested after his last attempt.
Richard Callison, 22, of Oradell, New Jersey, had tried to rob the banks by sliding a threatening note to the teller. The picture from the surveillance video at the first bank shows him wearing a dark t-shirt, sunglasses, and a bucket hat. After glancing at the note, the teller simply walked away. It allegedly said “Give me all the big bills, make the wrong move and you will get shot rapido rapido rapido.”
The other two attempted heists went about just as poorly for him. The notes to the tellers were of the same nature as before such as, “Give me the money. No die packs. Big bills or your life will end!” and “Put the money in the bag. No tracers and no one has to get hurt.” Callison also allegedly made motions as if to signal he had a gun though no weapon was produced.
He was charged with two counts of First-Degree attempted robbery and one count of Third-Degree robbery. Richard Callison has since admitted to the robbery pursuits, and is awaiting the next court date in a New York City jail.
Tags: Bank Robbery, Bergen County, NYPD