CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Identical twin brothers were behind bars Thursday night on Long Island, charged in a brazen bank robbery spree.
At first police thought the same suspect was robbing and driving the getaway car, until they caught the twins together, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.
The MO was the same each time, police said. Daniel Amarosa entered the Centereach banks passing notes, while identical twin brother Cory posed as lookout driving the getaway car.
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The twins are from Coram. Neighbors said they do everything together. Police said they robbed twice together.
Detectives caught up with the pair of 21-year-olds just after their latest heist, thanks to a steely-eyed bank customer.
According to police, Daniel Amarosa was wearing a disguise — Ugg boots and tight-fitting gray workout clothes — that police said might have belonged to his mother.
“One observer suggested that he perhaps might have dressed like a woman, in anticipation of looking like a woman. That was raised and he didn’t deny,” Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Gregory McVeigh said.
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In the first job, at a People’s United Bank last Tuesday, the twins made off with $1,460, but also with an exploding red dye pack. The second time, at Chase bank on Wednesday, Daniel Amarosa demanded cash “minus the red stuff,” police said. He walked out with $2,340.
“Blood is thicker than water, I guess, so they stuck together and had to do what they had to,” bank customer Joel Juliano said.
“They both had the same mindset and it was the wrong one,” Jesse Fried added.
“The idea of a bank robbery is scary enough. Identical twins? It makes it even more unusual,” Anna Smith said.
The twins didn’t live far from the banks, police said. Neighbors said lately the two had been partying a lot and seemed lost. They also each had Facebook pages and had posted photos and favorite pictures of old camp days.
“From their actions you could tell they were up to something. They just seemed a little bit mysterious to me,” neighbor Daniel Clarke said.
Court statements revealed a possible robbery motive — that the twins recently got hooked on drugs and couldn’t shake addiction.
Each twin pleaded not guilty and is being held on $400,000 bond.
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