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Prosecutor: Robber Struck Sovereign Bank Branch In Financial District Three Days In A Row

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Police say this man robbed a Sovereign Bank on Sept. 26, 2011 in the Financial District. (credit: NYPD)

Police say this man robbed a Sovereign Bank on Sept. 26, 2011 in the Financial District. (credit: NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Three times was not the charm for an accused serial bank robber.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports when police captured Charles Burnett, 29, he was walking out of the Sovereign Bank on Gold Street in lower Manhattan.

Officials say Burnett was caught on surveillance tape sticking up the bank three days in a row.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports

Prosecutor Brian Hayward said Burnett was carrying a duffle bag stuffed with $10,000 in cash and had two hotel room keys with him.

Hayward said investigators found $5,000 in the hotel room and found that Burnett had used hotel stationary to write threatening notes that he would use during the alleged robberies.

Prosecutors said the notes read, “Put the money in the bag, I’ve got a gun.”

Burnett is accused of stealing over $26,000 over the spree which began on Monday.

His attorney said Burnett has no criminal record and that medical issues may have come into play in this case. He did not elaborate.

Burnett is being held on $100,000 bail.

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