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Attempted Bank Robbery: No Gun, No Money

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By Claire Walla

On the afternoon of Friday, December 31 Southampton Town Police reports indicate a white female in her early 20s walked into Suffolk County National Bank (SCNB) on Montauk Highway in Water Mill and demanded money. However, she reportedly left the bank in an unknown direction before receiving any funds.

It is not clear whether or not the woman was armed, or what her mental or physical state was at the time of the incident.

As of Wednesday evening, police said they have still not identified a suspect.

However, police reports do indicate that bank teller Sunshine Gumbs was approached by the female suspect, whom police describe as having a medium build with dirty blond hair.

According to Gumbs’ testimony, the woman — who was allegedly wearing a navy-blue hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants and tan-colored UGG-style boots — walked up to the counter with her hands in her pockets, then handed Gumbs a note, which read: “Give me all your money.”

Police say Gumbs asked the woman if she was joking, then asked if she was carrying a gun. The woman then told Gumbs she did not have a gun, but added that she would get one and come back. The woman then left the bank, at which point Gumbs reported she locked the door and called the police.

Police are not issuing any further information, as the case is still pending. Similarly, a spokesperson for SCNB said he could not comment on the matter, as it pertains to the security of the bank.

Southampton Town Police Sgt. Michael Joyce said this was the first attempted bank robbery in Southampton Town in recent memory. The last incident he recalled was a robbery at an HSBC Bank in Hampton Bays that occurred in September 2004. (The suspect in that case was located later that day when he showed up for an unrelated court date.)

Sgt. Joyce confirmed that the SCNB Bank in Water Mill has had no robberies or attempted robberies at least in the last five years.