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NYPD: United Nations worker arrested for robbing banks during lunch brea

April 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD: United Nations worker arrested for robbing banks during lunch brea

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A Nigerian reporter and former employee at the United Nations was caught robbing four banks in Manhattan — all during his lunch break.

Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, was arrested by police on Monday and was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery for crimes he carried out during a two-month binge.

All four banks are walking distance from his office at the Foreign Press Center inside the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, which located across from the UN building, the New York Post reported.

The Nigerian citizen works as a reporter for an African news agency.

Police were tipped off after a retired officer who works as a guard at the US Permanent Mission to the UN noticed Shuaibu from surveillance photo released by the NYPD.

“It wasn’t hard [to recognize him],” the guard told The New York Post. “He comes in and out every day.”

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Shuaibu at United Nations headquarters Facebook

In the first occurrence, Shuaibu walked into a Santander Bank on February 27th and told the bank teller that he had a gun. The bank employee gave Shuaibu an unknown amount of cash.

He robbed two more banks in March, first hitting a Bank of America and then another Santander Bank.

During the most recent episode, which occurred on Monday, Shuaibu walked into an HSBC at approximately 2:30 p.m. and handed the teller a letter demanding cash. The teller did not read the message and asked Shuaibu for ID.

He then told the clerk to read the note and kept his hand in his pocket while simulating a gun.

He was arrested later that day when he returned to the UN.

One of Shuaibu’s coworkers at the Foreign Press Center said they are “in shock right now.”

A UN spokesperson said Shuaibu briefly worked for the United Nations for a couple of months in 2013, but hasn’t had access to the facility since he left in November of that year.

“[He] is not an employee of the UN nor is he an accredited journalist to the UN,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

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