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Police Make Arrest In Hampton Bays Bank Robbery

Publication: The Southampton Press
By ERIN MCKINLEY   Sep 18, 2012 11:32 AM
Sep 19, 2012 1:44 PM

Southampton Town Police arrested the man they believe robbed the TD Bank in Hampton Bays last Monday, making off with just more than $1,000 in cash.

Donnell Thomas, 28, of Selden was arrested on Tuesday morning at a friend’s house on Hawthorne Street in Mastic, according to Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.

Mr. Thomas was charged with one count of third-degree robbery, a felony, she said.

Det. Sgt. Costa said that police have been able to confirm that about half of the money stolen during the September 10 robbery, or $500, was used to secure a rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Det. Sgt. Costa said police were still trying to determine what Mr. Thomas did with the remainder of the money.

At around 4:40 p.m. that day, surveillance footage inside the West Montauk Highway bank captured images of a man later determined by police to be Mr. Thomas, enter the bank and hand a note to a teller, demanding cash. He indicated in the note that he had a weapon, and that he would kill the teller if they did not cooperate. After being handed just over $1,000, Mr. Thomas exited the bank and 
was last seen heading south on East Tiana Road. No injuries 
were reported during the robbery.

In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Det. Sgt. Costa said Mr. Thomas was located with the help of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. Mr. Thomas was arrested at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning without incident. The U.S. Marshals, Suffolk County Police and the Suffolk County Police Department K-9 Unit were all on standby at the scene.

It is believed that Mr. Thomas acted alone in the robbery and no other arrests are anticipated, police said.

Mr. Thomas was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at the Southampton Town Justice Court. According to Det. Sgt. Costa, he was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside without bail due to prior felony convictions. While she could not immediately say what the prior convictions were, she did say they could have an effect on the amount of jail time Mr. Thomas will serve if convicted. If convicted, he could be sentenced to seven years in prison. Mr. Thomas is due back in Southampton Town Justice Court on Friday, September 21.

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You take a nice picture Bro,,,Nice work Southamptons Finest
By Etians rd (167), Southampton on Sep 18, 12 11:57 AM
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Can't wait to hear from all of the people who were convinced the arrested individual was from the homeless shelter on West Tiana Road. As if someone from outside our community couldn't come here to commit a crime.

Nice police work SHTPD
By Nature (2537), Hampton Bays on Sep 18, 12 12:37 PM
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Yes I'm sure he just happened upon our hamlet. I'm sure he has no connection to all the orphans and widows at the shelter. That's why the police have been there nearly every day for a week. No connection at all I'm sure.
By jams (46), hampton bays on Sep 18, 12 1:59 PM
now let's tend to the unfinished business on Rose Hill Road. I would venture to guess that killing someone with a car should trump a bank heist, no?
By lazymedic (86), southampton on Sep 18, 12 2:06 PM
Ditto to this sentiment. Last night marked the tenth week since Sister Walsh was killed on July 9th.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Sep 18, 12 3:43 PM

Dirt swept under the rug is to be taken care of when no-one's looking.
By loading... (265), quiogue on Sep 20, 12 8:50 AM
that was nice and quick in picking him up, Nice Job SHTPD.
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Sep 18, 12 4:57 PM
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good work by the SHTPD-showing photos around works
By EastEnd68 (813), Westhampton on Sep 18, 12 7:22 PM
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Nice job SHPD? Are you kidding the US marshalls office found this low life and the Suffolk County cops held him. The SHTPD has a standard of not releasing pictures of suspects making it nearly impossible to catch criminals. These cops need to be disbanded they are a pack of over paid clowns It wasn't their idea to release photos they make everything a secret for what ever reason.
By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 18, 12 7:42 PM
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Chief - the suspect is not a resident of our "small" Town. Unless you want to pay Town Cops to search high and low across the Island and the country for every crime commited within our Township - it's probably best that we use the help of other agencies.
By Nature (2537), Hampton Bays on Sep 19, 12 9:06 AM
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I agree, most local law enforcement departments use the help of US Marshalls with fugitive searches.
By pstevens (387), Wilmington on Sep 19, 12 12:08 PM
Why so bitter?
By pstevens (387), Wilmington on Sep 19, 12 12:09 PM
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By Clarity (65), Whb on Sep 18, 12 8:09 PM
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By Clarity (65), Whb on Sep 18, 12 8:09 PM
Yes Chief, It appears your right.....The STPD administration is FINALLY getting assistance and accepting it from outside agencies after a 20 years of no one wanting to play ball because of the bone heads in charge.....Its called modern day policing, something Overton and Tenaglia never seemed to understand. Good work on the quick capture of this person
By mrobin (95), North Sea on Sep 18, 12 8:37 PM
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What is chiefs problem-there was a picture released immediately and the suspect was caught. Thats the point of pictures-asking for help. SHPD did their job.
By EastEnd68 (813), Westhampton on Sep 19, 12 12:01 PM
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By 1640sWhaler (55), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Sep 19, 12 4:45 PM
So if you don't like something you move away?lol!! I piss and moan because I pay 16k in property taxes. We have no need for village and town police forces on the east end. We could contribute a fraction to NYS and get the state police. We now have a very ineffecient mess of differant law enforcement agencies that only care about raising their pay. The pensions of these officers will bankrupt us in the end. What are people missing?
By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 19, 12 9:27 PM
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You are so wrong. You pay more for cable television than you do for the Sht police, look at your tax bill. And the state police are here to assist local law enforcement, they are not going to be the primary police on Long Island. Look up the state charter if u have any more questions.
By Clarity (65), Whb on Sep 20, 12 4:26 AM
Your wrong if you think the police are not expensive. They are not simply what is on your tax bill as police. There are pension liabilities that aren't funded that are in the tens of millions! Where's the money coming from? This town has no plan on how to pay pensions, nor does Suffolk County. The Federal Govt has more than 100 trillion of unfunded programs with no plan for the next 20 years. Time we take our heads out of the sand, because we are sending our kids into a bankrupt future,
By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 20, 12 7:29 AM
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Chief (of what?),

Even if the Town abolished their police forces (and the villages did the same) they would have to strike a deal with the County who would have to hire more officers. You think County police will cost less than Town? You're kidding yourself.

I can tell when someone isn't fiscally educated when they use the line, "I pay 16k in property taxes" and then complain about something which costs them a small fraction of that. The vast majority of that is school taxes. ...more
By Nature (2537), Hampton Bays on Sep 20, 12 9:29 AM
Chief,
All pensions are funded throughout the state, county and town. The town does not pay a retirees pensions costs, once they are retired. For the length of an employees employment with the town, be it a contributory or non-contributory pension plan, every year a % of that employees salary is paid into the state pension system. Right now that system is worht 153 billion. The highest ever, and back where it was ws we entered this current economic melt down.
Everything you posted about ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Sep 20, 12 10:38 AM
16K in property taxes? I won't even comment on that, but a typical home in Southampton Town Pays between $120 and $200 a year for there police services in there taxes, thats less than the FD and Library.....Compare that to a house in Brookhaven or Islip towns and you'd pay roughly $1500-$2000 a year in taxes just for the police. County Police or State would not be the way to go
By mrobin (95), North Sea on Sep 20, 12 12:21 PM
The own should be talking to all the east end villages and East Hampton about a centralized police force. They can get rid of these 250k chiefs and lieutenants. They would be able to work better to solve crimes and use less resources. They should do the same with the East end school districts both these moves would save tens of millions. The town supposedly pays for someones retirement as they work is what we are told. That is not entirely true because the rate has nearly tripled and the pension ...more
By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 21, 12 8:37 AM
Unfunded liabilities are not limited to the police or the government. Our schools also have huge unfunded liabilities with all of their teacher pension plans. Foolishly, money is not put aside into savings accounts to eventually pay for pensions, so taxes have to go up to get the money to pay retirees their promised income. As more people retire, and the more they were contractually promised for retirement, the higher our taxes.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 20, 12 9:17 AM
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I THINK HE JUST LEFT THE GYM. DUMB DE DUMB DUMB DUMB DUMB
By patrickstar (65), hampton bays on Sep 20, 12 11:29 AM
Chief and goldenrod,
Have either of you ever read a municipal or school district budget? If you did, you would quickly realize that what you are posting here is all fabrication. Just because you want something to be true does not make it so.
You are both confusing the New York State Employee Retirement System with Social Security
Learn some facts, or post some source that is at least somewhat reliable. That should keep you busy for a while as you will find nothing that backs up your ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Sep 21, 12 10:03 AM
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I don't profess too know everything or much of anything. The thing I know is budgets and fiscal responsibility. It's ironic you think that state pension funds are in some kind of great shape. Please read tonites Wall St Journal online headline " Pension shortfalls loom despite cuts" ironic you would say I'm clueless and this article comes out. The article explains how the state retirement funds are going to be short close to one trillion dollars. It's naive to think once one retires that the liability ...more
By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 21, 12 9:13 PM
IMO chief1 has his finger on the general pulse of a huge problem. We (read most of "Western Civilization" for the last few decades) have been printing and spending Play Money as if it is real.

It is not real!

The IOU's in the form of rising indebtedness and deficits on all levels of government, internationally BTW, will come due some day.

The fiscal crisis of 2008-2009 with the banks, the housing "crisis" with huge foreclosures and underwater mortgages etc., etc. are ...more
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Sep 22, 12 8:32 AM
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Well your first line is certainlt telling and quite on point. Beyond that you fizzle into your own world of made up facts. I read the story you spoke of. Not once was the state of New York Mentioned. Pensions funds in NY are invested from the first date of a persons employment. And beyond that, theyt cannot be touched by politicians for any other function than to pay retirees. SO the sky isn't falling, and if it was, where were YOU when the politicos were giving away the store to public employees? ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Sep 22, 12 11:08 AM
Well your first line is certainlt telling and quite on point. Beyond that you fizzle into your own world of made up facts. I read the story you spoke of. Not once was the state of New York Mentioned. Pensions funds in NY are invested from the first date of a persons employment. And beyond that, theyt cannot be touched by politicians for any other function than to pay retirees. SO the sky isn't falling, and if it was, where were YOU when the politicos were giving away the store to public employees? ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Sep 22, 12 11:08 AM
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By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 22, 12 4:33 PM
I can certainly understand why you never ran for a won a seat on a Board of Education., seeing as you see it as a popularity contest.
Now please, really, please tell us your secret to retirement investment planning if it doesnt involve saving small amounts at the start of one's working years and continuing to do so until retirement?
You have the audacity to call me a moron and you can't grasp this concept?
Tell you what, Chief. You win. I've watched people argu crap here with each ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Sep 23, 12 12:11 PM
Based on chiefs thinking we should centalize all the state school districts and all the states police districts and eliminate the duplication of top management. If you can work for the east end why couln't it work for all Long Island, or all the state. THINK BIG FOR BIGGER SAVINGS.

By the way -what does this have to do with the bank robbery story?
By EastEnd68 (813), Westhampton on Sep 23, 12 12:21 PM
You still refuse too tell us what idea of the retirement system I have wrong. My thoughts on retirement plans are also held by some very intelligent investment people. Why is the public sector even paying for a retirement? The sucker taxpayer paying for these ridiculous retirement plans get a miserable sub standard social security. Roosevelt had it right he said that public unions will be a give away and lead to corruption with politicians pandering for votes. Don't worry the day is coming when ...more
By chief1 (1224), southampton on Sep 23, 12 9:42 PM
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Funny that this "off-topic" discussion -- about politics, economics, pension funds, municipal budgets, and so forth -- has meandered back to being ON TOPIC, to wit:

BANK ROBBERY by the highest echelons of leadership in both the private and public sectors!

The only problem is that this huge "bank robbery" is a crime which is unsolvable, except by a systemic failure of life as we have known it.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Sep 24, 12 6:33 AM
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