New York Bank Thief Captured After Posting Instagram Photos In The Outfit He Wore In Robbery.
With the help of the suspect’s own Instagram account, the FBI arrested a Florida man on Thursday whom they say robbed six Chase bank branches in Queens and one in the Bronx over the past three months.
Paul Lubin, 31, was arrested in Rockville Centre, Long Island, on Thursday.
He has been charged with two counts of robbery for holding up the Chase bank at 111-18 Liberty Ave in Ozone Park on Dec 14 and another branch at 54-12 48th St in Maspeth on Dec 27, DNAInfo reported.
Detectives were able to nab Lubin thanks in part to his Instagram account, where he posted a photo of himself wearing the same ‘distinctive white hooded sweatshirt with black horizontal lines’ that the suspect wore in security footage of the Masbeth robbery.
Lubin posted a photo of himself on Instagram next to a pile of cash.
Notes further advised the tellers not to ‘piss [him] off’ and that ‘everyone’s safety depends all on you!’
He pocketed $1,000 in cash during the Ozone heist and $5,000 from the Masbeth branch.
Detectives were able to recover his fingerprints from his demand notes.
Lubin’s most recent robbery took place on Jan 4 at the Chase branch at 3528 East Tremont Ave in the Bronx. There he allegedly stole between $6,000 and $7,000, police said.
The suspect’s crime spree is reported to have begun on Sept 30 when he allegedly robbed a Chase branch in Kew Gardens Hills.
He is also a suspect in six bank robberies that took place in Florida between 2004 and 2013, according to police.