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Wheelchair Man Charged With US Bank Theft

A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $US1212 ($A1585) in a daytime bank robbery, authorities say.

Kelvin Dennison, 23, was picked up by officers at a hospital two days after he rolled into a Santander Bank branch in Queens on Monday afternoon and claimed to be armed, police said.

"Give me all you have," he told a teller, according to court papers. "I have a gun."

The teller then passed him the cash before he pushed himself out of the bank and then fled down the street in his wheelchair, police said.

Authorities released an image of a man in a wheelchair leaving the bank taken from a store's surveillance camera.

When Dennison went to a Queens hospital two days later, someone recognised him and called police, prosecutors said.

Authorities didn't say why Dennison went to the hospital.

When he was questioned by investigators, Dennison told them he was in a wheelchair after being injured in a shooting, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney's office told the New York Times.

Dennison was charged with robbery and is being held on $US15,000 bail.


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