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Police: Bank Robber Caught

James Johnson, 44, is arrested Wednesday.

A Coram man has been arrested and charged with robbing two banks and attempting to rob four others over the past seven months, police said. 

James Johnson, 44, was arrested in Medford on Wednesday afternoon. 

Police said officers Greg Marino and Matthew Lundin of the Sixth Precinct Crime Section were on patrol shortly after noon when they observed a 1997 Plymouth driving recklessly south on Mill Road in Medford. 

The officers pulled the driver over on Mill Road and Granny Road and conducted a computer check which revealed that the vehicle was stolen, police said.

After arresting the driver, Johnson, the officers noticed that Johnson fit the description of a suspect who was wanted for a number of attempted robberies in Suffolk, police said.  

Police said further investigations by Pattern Crime Unit detectives revealed that Johnson was responsible for the following:

  • Robbing a Capital One Bank in Center Moriches on Aug. 9, 2013
  • Robbing a Chase Bank in Bohemia on Jan. 25, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Bank of America in Medford on Feb. 5, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Chase bank in Medford on Feb. 5, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Chase bank in Farmingville on Feb. 11, 2014
  • Attempting to rob a Capital One bank in Brentwood Feb. 12, 2014

During the first two robberies, Johnson passed a note to a teller demanding money and fled once the teller complied, police said. 

In the last four instances, Johnson passed a note demanding money but left the bank without proceeds when the teller did not immediately comply with his demands, police said. 

Johnson was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree, Reckless Driving, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree, two counts of Robbery 3rd Degree and four counts of attempted Robbery 3rd Degree.

Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday. 

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Marlene R February 12, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Nice job, again, SCPD!
Ronald P Matonti February 12, 2014 at 11:52 PM
Big deal. What about the murderer or murderers that killed over a dozen women and threw their bodies on our beaches?????
Sal Anthony February 13, 2014 at 03:07 AM
He gets a free lawyer.
Ronald Mello February 13, 2014 at 07:36 AM
good job SCPD, they are on the ball
Ronald P. Matonti February 13, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Big deal, he did not get any money. He did not use a weapon. He did not hurt anyone. What about the murderer of all those women?? Any clues?? Where are the detectives? Where is the police commissioner. They are already the highest paid in the world making more than doctors and yet their priorities and investigative abilities are sorely lacking!!
Jeanie Dibble-Rossi February 13, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Life wo/parole!
Patchogue February 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Thank God caught. Probably another heroin junkie robbing people.
ARCH STANTON February 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM
HEY R.P.M., MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY READING THE ARTICLE BEFORE RAMBLING ONTO ANOTHER TOPIC. OUT OF THE SIX BANKS THAT HE ATTEMPTED TO ROB, HE SUCCEEDED IN STEALING MONEY FROM TWO OF THEM. OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE A VENDETTA TOWARDS THE SCPD AND THAT IS WHY YOU KEEP POSTING THE SAME COMMENT ON EVERY STORY REPORTED. CHALK ANOTHER ONE UP TO THE POLICE, NICE JOB.
lj martin February 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Ronald, Got a ticket lately, did ya! Hahahahahaha.
Ronald P. Matonti February 13, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Hey Arch, there are the bodies of 11 young women and one young man murdered and thrown on our beaches with not one suspect or one clue thanks the incompetence of our police force. How can they have not noticed before so many were dumped there? Where are our detectives and investigators and forensic specialists?? lj martin - no, no tickets and I think our patrolmen are excellent but our upper eschelon detectives and captains and police commissioner are inept and have the wrong priorities!!
Rocco Lawrence February 13, 2014 at 06:05 PM
So Ronald, if I'm understanding you correctly, since there are some horrific unsolved murders, the police should not investigate any other crimes?
ARCH STANTON February 13, 2014 at 07:22 PM
HEY R.P.M., AS OF RIGHT NOW ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT'S MOST LIKELY CONSIDERED AN UNSOLVED MURDER CASE. FOR ALL WE KNOW, POLICE MAY HAVE SOLVED THE CASE BUT DON'T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL AT THIS TIME. ANOTHER POSSIBILITY MAY BE THAT THE SUSPECT IS DECEASED OR THEY DON'T HAVE ANY SUSPECTS. AS FAR AS YOUR ASKING HOW COULD THE POLICE NOT HAVE NOTICED THAT THESE BODIES WERE HIDDEN THERE IS LUDICROUS. DID YOU SEE HOW WIDE AND DEEP THE BRUSH IS ALONG THE BEACH? IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO OBSERVE THEM FROM THE ROADWAY. OBVIOUSLY THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WALKING THE BEACH OVER THE YEARS ALSO DIDN'T SEE THEM AND WHY, BECAUSE KNOW ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND IS GOING TO WALK THROUGH PRICKLY AND THORN TYPE BRUSH. YOU ASKED WHERE ARE THE FORENSIC SPECIALISTS, WE'LL THAT WOULD HELP IF YOU HAD A BODY, IN THESE CASES ALL THEY HAD WERE SKELTONS. MEANWHILE CRIME STILL CONTINUES AND POLICE HAVE TO INVESTIGATE AND ARREST SUSPECTS WHEN THEY CAN. WHEN YOU SAY "BIG DEAL" TO THE BANK ROBBER CAUGHT BY THE POLICE, I HAVE TO WONDER WHERE IS YOUR MIND IS AT. TELL THAT TO THE SIX BANK TELLERS WHO WERE FRIGHTENED FOR THEIR LIVES WHEN CONFRONTED BY A CRIMINAL DEMANDING MONEY FROM THEM. LIFE GOES ON AND SO DOES CRIME.
Ronald P. Matonti February 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM
No Rocco, but these murders are years old and very little attention has been given them and they should have been number one priority and not parking tickets and making a right on red and putting up new no turn on red signs so they can install red light cameras - everything is for revenue and not following "to protect and serve".
Ronald P. Matonti February 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Arch, no, they have no information on any of the murders and many people have seen them and reported them and forensic specialists are expert in skeleton analysis as well. Maybe we need Scotland Yard experts and the FBI here instead. Scaring people is not the same as murdering them. One murder unvolved is understandable but 12 is not. This is blatant incompetence. This is inept.
Ronald P. Matonti February 14, 2014 at 04:41 AM
Arch, no vendetta. I post it everywhere so that hopefully something will be done about it and they will not be forgotten like some stray dogs.
Ronald P Matonti February 14, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Nassau County police,the FBI and Scotland yard has volunteered their expertise to the Suffolk County Police to help solve the murders of all these women but they have refused their assistance. Why is that?
Sal Anthony February 19, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Hes an aspiring rapper hes gonna go to college.

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