Michael Johnson and Andre Johnson were arrested shortly after robbing a bank in Yonkers, the result of an investigation that began in 2011. They robbed a total of nine banks, including ones in Nyack and Nanuet, stealing a total of $447,399. The New York State Police Special Investigations Unit made the arrests, but the investigation involved a large group of local and state units working together.
"There were a whole bunch of officers involved, too many to individually recognize," Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty said. "I thought we should recognize the units involved. It was a good cooperation of the whole region in this case.
"I think all of us recognize (the need to work together). That's why we work together so closely."
The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation recognized 10 law enforcement organizations from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties for their combined efforts in the case with 2013 Investigator/Prosecutor of the Year awards during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City Friday.
The organizations receiving unit citations were:
- Federal Bureau of Investigations -- White Plains Residence Agency
- U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York/White Plains Office
- New York State Police Special Investigations Unit/White Plains Office
- Orangetown Police Department
- Clarkstown Police Department
- Yonkers Police Department
- Rockland County Sheriff's Office/Bureau of Crimina Investigation
- Rockland County Intelligence Center
- Rockland County District Attorney's Office
- Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in Hackensack, N.J.
- Greenburgh Police Department in White Plains
One suspect was caught with a large amount of money which had been contaminated by a red dye pack that exploded as he left the bank. The second suspect was identified as an accomplice and arrested later.
Police had been observing the suspects and they believe they had been casing banks in Bergen County as future targets.