Greenburgh man arrested 3 minutes after White Plains holiday bank heist

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Eric Hoffstead

WHITE PLAINS ā€” A 40-year-old Greenburgh man was arrested in Monday morning’s robbery of the TD Bank on Central Avenue only three minutes after the 8:30 a.m. heist took place.

Eric Hoffstead, who gave police an address of 1 Westhelp Drive, was charged with first-degree robbery of the TD Bank at 495 Central Ave., Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said.

Greenburgh and White Plains cops arrested him in an alley behind the nearby Central Motel. The bank is on the municipal border.

Hoffstead faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge.

Police were also questioning a second person, Chong said.

They also were looking into whether Hoffstead had ties with any guests of the motel.

Chong said police recovered roughly $1,700 in cash, believed to be proceeds from the robbery, and a New York Yankees baseball cap Hoffstead was wearing when he robbed the bank.

The TD Bank was one of the few banks open on the July Fourth holiday.

“Just because it is a holiday does not mean that police are taking a holiday,” Chong said. “It was a great response by the officers involved.”

Hoffstead entered the bank about 8:30 a.m. and made threatening gestures to three employees inside before passing a note to one of them demanding money, Chong said.

An employee gave him some money and he fled north on Central Avenue toward the motel, four doors from the bank.

Bank employees sounded the alarm as soon as he left and one watched him as he ran down the street, giving a description that helped police catch him in the alley, Chong said.

No one was injured.

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