Man Robs Same NYC Bank 3 Days in a Row: Cops

He hired personal driver for third robbery
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2011 3:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former mental patient allegedly robbed the same bank three days in a row this week while living the high life on his stolen money, the New York Post reports. New York City police say Charles Burnett, 29, robbed the Sovereign bank of $2,200 on Monday and used the cash to book himself into the Grand Hyatt near Grand Central Terminal. The next day, he walked into the Sovereign again and stole a whopping $14,000. That's when he hired a personal driver for a third robbery.

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Initially Burnett had the luxury SUV take him shopping at a sporting goods store, where he picked up—and paid for—a New York Giants hat and Yankees batting glove. "I thought he was a baseball player," says driver Rafael Rubio. Then Burnett had Rubio drop him off at Sovereign bank, which Burnett robbed of $10,000—before being tackled by cops. Sources say the 6-foot-1, 275-pound suspect, arraigned yesterday, was released not long ago from a mental hospital in the South. (Read more bank robber stories.)

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