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NYC cop busted in bank robbery

April 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM

MUHLENBERG, Pa., April 12 (UPI) -- A New York City police officer is facing charges he robbed two banks in Manhattan and attempted to hold up one in Pennsylvania, officials said.

Pennsylvania police arrested Christian Torres, 21, Thursday shortly after he allegedly stole $113,000 from Sovereign Bank in Muhlenberg, Pa., the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

"He was a model cadet, as described to me. There is nothing that could have predicted this shocking series of crimes," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Torres is accused of robbing the same Sovereign Bank in New York on two separate occasions, once June 8, 2007, when police said he made off with $16,305, and another time Nov. 16 when he allegedly stole $102,000.

Torres, who police say wore fashionable suits and hats in his robberies, told investigators he spent the stolen money on an engagement ring for his fiancee and a 2008 Toyota Scion for himself. He was being held in the Berks County jail and had yet to be charged for the New York robberies.

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