A bungling crook’s pathetic attempt to become John Dillinger ended Wednesday morning after he tried to rob banks around Manhattan and wound up coming away empty handed every time, sources told The Post.
The crook allegedly tried to hold up two banks on the Lower East Side and the East Village Wednesday — and may also be connected to another failed heist on Tuesday afternoon, police sources said.
“This was a very bad bank robber,” a police source told The Post.
He was busted by cops from the Strategic Response Group and later charged in connection with the robberies.
The first failed attempt Wednesday came at a Chase branch on Delancey Street, police said.
The thief targeted a Citibank near Astor Place and Broadway a short time later — again failing miserably.
Cops then arrested Richard Callison, 22, of Oradell, NJ, near East 14th Street and Third Avenue and held him in connection with the attempted heists, police sources said.
While sources said the robber was seen in a black shirt as he entered the banks — Callison was found in a shirt emblazoned with the logo of “Presto’s New York” pizza, which is located in Hackensack, NJ.
Cops also were looking at him in connection with an aborted job Tuesday at a Bank of America on Delancey Street, police sources said.
That crook also failed to make off with any dough, despite passing the teller a note that said: “Give me all the big bills, make the wrong move and you will get shot.”
The missive ended with the words: “Rapido, rapido.”
The teller was not intimidated by the note, and simply locked her drawer and walked away from the window, leaving the crook standing there empty handed, police sources said.
It’s not clear where Callison got his pizza shirt. Staff at Presto’s in Hackensack said they didn’t recognize Callison, but couldn’t believe their restaurant was caught up in the ordeal.
“I’m shocked right now,” the manager said. “It’s so weird to see him in our T-shirt.”
April Rich, 53, who is a cashier at Presto’s, said the shirt is from three years ago and they’ve since switched to a black colored version.
Even though it was a suspected criminal wearing their branded shirt, advertising “brick oven pizza & pasta,” Rich took the position there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
“Maybe it’ll be more advertising for us,” she chuckled.
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