Crime New York's new bail law springs bank robbery suspect who pulls off another heist: cops
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new bail-reform law is being blamed for the release of an accused serial bank robber who may have struck another bank after he got out of jail.
Gerod Woodbury, 42, was charged Wednesday withfour Manhattan banks since Dec. 30, according to the New York Post.
After being locked up, he was sprung the next day under the new law, which did away with bail in cases involving so-called nonviolent crimes, according to the.
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On Friday, just a day after being released, Woodbury made his way to Brooklyn where he robbed another bank — his fifth in a two-week span, the paper reported, citing law enforcement sources.
The Post broke the story on its front page with the headline, “Laughing All the Way to the Bank.”
The paper reported that after Woodbury was released from jail Thursday, sources quoted him as saying, “I can’t believe they let me out. “What were they thinking?”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea highlighted Woodbury’s case to slam the bail reform law.
“What motivation does this suspect have to return to court? None,” he tweeted over the weekend. “This makes NYPD cops’ jobs harder, and makes New Yorkers less safe.”
Man who robbed a pharmacy gave clerk note that said, 'I'm sorry, I have a sick child'
A man who allegedly robbed a pharmacy in Philadelphia flashed a demand note that said he needed the money for his sick child, police said. © Philadelphia PoliceIn video released by Philadelphia police, the suspect, wearing a grey hoodie and dark gloves, entered a Rite Aid store January 3 and took an item to the register. The store clerk can be seen scanning the item and putting it in a plastic bag. Then, according to a police statement on the screen before the video is played, the man handed a note to the employee that read in part, "Give me all the money. I'm sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.
The law, enacted last year under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature, took effect Jan. 1.
Supporters said the law will prevent indigent people who can't afford bail from being locked up indefinitely for nonviolent crimes. Those released on their own recognizance promise the judge to return on their next court date.
Woodbury was charged with handing tellers threatening notes and making off with more than $1,000 in two of the crimes, the Post reported.
Police said in each of the four robberies Woodbury wasn't in possession of a gun or another weapon.
He was booked on nonviolent robbery and grand larceny charges, according to reports.
Alleged serial bank robber sprung by New York bail law turns himself in .
An alleged serial bank robber in New York whose repeated heists cast light on a new bail-reform law unexpectedly turned himself into authorities Friday. © Getty A close up of a swithched rotating beacon of a police car. Cop car rooftop flashing lights outdoors. The top of the police patrol car with flasher and antennas. A patrol car lights. Accident Gerod Woodberry walked into the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse and said "I'm Woodberry," according to the New York Post. “I’m the one that’s been robbing banks.
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