On Monday, an employee of the United Nations Headquarters, Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, was arrested for robbing four banks over a two months period.
Shuaibu, a Nigerian, was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery.
According to reports, all the robberies were committed during his lunch breaks at the banks located not too far from the UN HQ.
Shuaibu committed the first robbery on February 27 at Santander Bank where he demanded that the teller hand him cash and threatened to shoot if the banker refuses to comply.
Some other time in March, he tried to rob the Bank of America but failed. In the same month, he robbed another Santander Bank.
On the day he was arrested, he walked into an HSBC bank and passed a note to the teller, demanding cash. The teller however did not read the note but rather asked for his identification. He then told the teller that he had a gun.
After recovering to his work place at the UN headquarter that afternoon, a retired police officer working at the UN recognized him from a surveillance photo previously released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and led the authorities to arrest him.