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Press Release # 085
Wednesday, July 23, 2003

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Announces Capture Of Individual Wanted In Citywide Bank Robbery Spree

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the capture and arrest of Curtis Barthrop, 46, who robbed or attempted to rob 11 different banks in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, between July 9 and 19. After developing information about Barthrop's identity and whereabouts, detectives
arrested him yesterday morning without incident at his home at 227-17 145th Road in Rosedale, Queens.

During all 11 robbery attempts, Barthrop passed a note to the teller demanding cash and claiming that he had a gun. In five incidents he fled with cash - - a total of $3,993. In six incidents he fled with nothing. On
two occasions, Barthrop committed three robbery attempts within about an hour of each other.

Commissioner Kelly said: "The Police Department has made 73 arrests for bank robbery so far this year. But we still need the banking industry's help. Very few banks adhere to all of the best practices to thwart robberies that were recommended by the Department and adopted by New York Bankers
Association in May. Those who adhere to best practices have had no bank robberies or relatively few. It is time for all banks to adopt all of the best practices."

The following is a list of the banks that Barthrop attempted to rob:

Date Bank Amount robbed
July 9, 1:48 p.m. Chase Bank, 161-10 Jamaica Ave., Queens $80

July 11, 1:20 p.m. Citibank, 322 West 23rd Street, Manhattan $0

July 11, 2:07 p.m. Citibank, 201 West 34th Street, Manhattan $0

July 11, 2:20 p.m. Chase Bank, 1411 Broadway, Manhattan $300

July 15, 11:40 a.m. HSBC Bank, 80 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan $0

July 15, 11:55 a.m. Chase Bank, 204 West 4th Street, Manhattan $0

July 15, 12:45 p.m. Chase Bank, 90 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan $300

July 16, 11:38 p.m. Citibank, 1748 Broadway, Manhattan $0

July 16, 12:16 p.m. Chase Bank, 3 Times Square, Manhattan $300

July 19, 12:30 p.m. Citibank, 2481 Creston Avenue, Bronx $0

July 19, 12:40 p.m. HSBC Bank, 1 East Fordham Road, Bronx $3,013

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