Abdullahi Shuaibu, a 53-year old Queens resident has found an exciting new way to make his lunch breaks from his job at the United Nations a little more lucrative and interesting.
He has started a chain of bank robberies that started on February 27th. Shuaibu got away with approximately ten grand in cash after making his way through the Upper East Side.
He continued his dangerous lunchtime game over the next three Mondays. He would hand the teller a note that would say, “Give me $5,000, Thank You.”
This method has resulted in him having two successful bank heists, but he was eventually busted on Monday.
Shuaibu finally failed at an HSBC branch on Third Avenue and East 63rd Street.
One of the bank tellers ducked into the back and alerted her boss. He was finally apprehended in front of the UN. Unfortunately, the money was not retrieved because he spent it all back paying bills.
From NY Post:
Shuaibu was nabbed outside the US Mission to the United Nations, where he’s been working out of the building’s Foreign Press Center as a State Department-credentialed reporter for the PanAfrican News Agency, police sources said.
A retired cop who works as a guard at the mission, across the street from the UN building, tipped off cops after recognizing Shuaibu in surveillance photos of the alleged bank robbery that the NYPD circulated last month.
“It wasn’t hard,” the guard told The Post. “He comes in and out of here every day.”
Shuaibu confessed following his arrest, admitting he spent all the stolen money paying bills, sources said.
He was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery and was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. Shuaibu is a Nigerian national with a valid work visa but no diplomatic immunity, sources said.
A UN spokesman said that Shuaibu worked for the organization during October and November 2013 but no longer had credentials to enter the building. Shuaibu’s wife formerly worked for the Nigerian Mission to the UN and split from her hubby, said Kassimu Mohammed, the mission’s protocol officer.
NYPD detectives got no answer when they knocked on the door of his home in Hollis. Landlord Inosthene Delimon said Shuaibu and his wife began renting a $2,000-a month, three-bedroom town-house apartment from him about eight years ago.