Pair Arrested In Robbery Spree
Two men were arrested outside their Melville apartment last week in connection with a spree of nine robberies that authorities say was motivated by a drug habit.
Adam Baron, 18 and Jamie Ramirez, 25, were arrested Jan. 29. Police said the pair allegedly robbed nine different banks, six in Nassau and three in Suffolk County, in one month. Police also accused the two men of a failed attempt to rob one bank in Nassau County.
Suffolk police however have yet to come forward with details about the three robberies in Long Island’s eastern region.
Authorities cuffed the pair without incident outside of the Avalon Apartment complex in Melville, where officers said they shared an apartment—and an alleged drug habit.
Police, according to Nassau County Police Det. Sgt. John Giambrone, connected the nine separate crimes after a pattern in how the crimes were executed became evident.
“When you see individuals as active as these guys were, it’s usually indicative of some type of addiction… We believe this was drug fueled,” Giambrone said at a news conference last week.
Their drug of choice, detectives added, appeared to be heroin, as well as others.
According to Nassau County police, Baron and Ramirez would enter banks with a demand note that had “the same wording each time” and implied the man holding the note had a gun. Officers said that in most of the robberies, one of the men would sit in a rental car—in one case, a white U-Haul pickup truck with Arizona license plates—while the other carried out the robbery.
The notes used in the robberies, Giambrone said, “indicated the individuals had a gun,” but no weapon was ever shown.
Baron is charged with robbing three banks on his own, including Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Westbury on Dec. 26, 2013; a TD Bank in Rockville Centre on Jan. 13; and the Jan. 28 robbery of a Chase Bank on Main Street in Farmingdale. In total, Baron is charged with five counts of robbery in the second degree and one count of robbery in the second degree for an attempt.
Ramirez, also charged in the attempted robbery, faces two counts of robbery in the second degree and robbery in the third degree. Police said that Ramirez carried out a Jan. 17 robbery of a Chase Bank in North Bellmore on his own, but is also charged in three other robberies — one on Jan. 23 in Plainview and two others that day in Merrick — along with Baron.
Both men pled not guilty at arraignment last Thursday at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead. A judge set bail for Ramirez at $2 million and for Baron, $1.5 million, cash or bond.
Baron and Ramirez appeared in front of a judge for a second time on Monday, when the case was adjourned and bail conditions remained the same. According to online records, Ramirez was scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday, but the outcome was not available by press time on Monday.
Matthew Tuhoy, Baron’s Hauppauge-based attorney in the case, did not return calls for comment on Monday. Court records show Ramirez is being represented by Legal Aid.
Sources said 18-year-old Baron was adopted when he was a child by a Melville family and has a history of drug abuse.