An employee at the United Nations (UN) was arrested Monday for robbing four Manhattan banks, all during his lunch breaks.
Nigeria native Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, was detained and charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery for his two-month long crime spree.
According to authorities, the four banks that were robbed are within walking distance of UN headquarters on First Avenue near East 42nd Street, where Shuaibu works for an African news agency as a journalist.
Shuaibu was arrested after a retired police officer who works at the UN headquarters recognized him from a surveillance image released by the New York Police Department.
“It wasn’t hard [to recognize him],” the guard told the New York Post. “He comes in and out of here every day.”
Santander Bank on Madison Avenue near East 43rd Street was the first to be robbed by Shuaibu on February 27. When the suspect told a bank employee that he had a gun, he was given an unknown sum of money.
During the month of March, Shuaibu robbed two more banks—a Bank of America on Third Avenue near East 47th Street on the 13th, and a Santander Bank at Third Avenue and East 63rd Street on the 27th.
The most recent incident occurred on Monday when Shuaibu walked into an HSBC Bank at Third Avenue and East 40th Street around 2:30 p.m. and gave a teller a note, demanding cash. Police reported that the teller ignored the note and asked Shuaibu for identification. With his hand in his pocket, simulating a gun, Shuaibu insisted that the teller read the note.
Following the robbery, Shuaibu was arrested when he returned to UN headquarters.
At the Foreign Press Center, one of Shuaibu’s colleagues said that they are “all in shock right now.”
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