New York cops say Raymond Masi, a homeless drug addict, committed 44 bank robberies over the past two years, making him the most prolific stickup man in recent memory, reports the Daily News.
His spree netted Masi, 44, more than $50,000, which supported a heroin addiction, cops said.
The Times says the one-man robbery spree bolsters Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s recent criticisms that New York City banks are too easy to rob, that customer-friendliness has led to lax security. There have been 318 bank robberies so far in 2003, up 167 percent from the 119 at this time last year, according to the police.
“It’s much too easy,” Mr. Kelly said in July. “The word is out on the street.”