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Police: Big nose foiled suspect's disguise

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- New York police said a bank robbery suspect's cross-dressing disguise wasn't enough to hide his distinctive nose from investigators.

Police said Samuel Manoharan, 31, is suspected of robbing five banks in New York's Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs while dressed in a wig, makeup and women's clothing, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

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However, officers said a teller took down his license plate number after one of the robberies and police who arrived at his home said they immediately recognized him from his facial features.

"He has very distinguishable features -- a very big nose. His wig couldn't cover his nose," one police source said.

Prosecutors said Manoharan was charged with grand larceny and robbery for a June 28 robbery in Manhattan. They said charges are pending for the other incidents.

The suspect was being held by police in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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