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Santander Bank safe deposit boxes robbed; Law firm investigating victims' legal claims
The law firm Imbesi Law P.C., is investigating potential legal claims on behalf of safe deposit box owners that had their items stolen from the Santander Bank branch located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Safe deposit box robbery victims, including the Santander Bank safe deposit box victims, could face initial resistance from the banks, which often claim victims were required to maintain personal insurance.
"The law regarding safe deposit box robberies is very technical," said Brittany Weiner, one of the partners of the law firm Imbesi Law P.C., that represents victims of safe deposit box robberies. Ms. Weiner added, "Most banks initially inform victims that they were required to maintain their own personal insurance in an attempt to scare victims from pursuing legal action."
While most contracts may have the mandatory insurance provision, Ms. Weiner claimed that banks can and have been held liable for their negligence regardless of the personal insurance requirement.
Ms. Weiner cautions victims of safe deposit box robberies, including victims of Santander Bank, that they should consult an attorney experienced in safe deposit box robbery law because banks often attempt to obtain written statements from unsuspecting victims which could cause them to give up legal rights unknowingly.
Ms. Weiner offers free initial consultations to any victims of safe deposit box robberies, including those affected by the Santander Bank safe deposit box robbery in Brooklyn, New York. The firm represents most clients on a contingency basis; victims do not have to pay a legal fee unless they receive compensation.
Ms. Weiner's telephone number is 646-380-9555. Her email address is email@example.com.
From CBS News:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)
As CBS2’s Sonia Rincon reported exclusively Thursday, customers at the Santander Bank branch wonder where their valuables are safe if not in a safe deposit box.
“You know, you never think somebody’s going to come into your bank and then take away your vault boxes,” said one Brooklyn woman.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was devastated and worried after burglars stole two of her safe deposit boxes from the Santander Bank branch.
“I had money. I had jewelry in there. I had personal items inside; all IDs; deeds of a house, deeds to a property; Social Security, passports – everything,”
Police said the burglars broke in through the basement of an empty business next door, using power tools to get into the bank sometime overnight last Saturday into Sunday. The victim said she wasn’t notified until four days later.
“So they told me, ‘Two of your boxes were gone.’ So I rushed out,” she said. “I almost fainted on the floor.”
The woman went to the bank and was taken into the vault. She said about 50 boxes were missing.
“All you could see is space inside,” she said.
The burglars did trip an alarm, and the private security company that monitors the alarms did respond according to law enforcement sources. But they did not notice anything wrong.
It wasn’t until the next morning that workers discovered the break in and called police.
A representative of Santander acknowledged the break-in, and said the bank is notifying affected customers.
“Everything, I hope they compensate people, you know? I don’t know how, and memorabilia cannot be compensated — heirlooms, you know; jewelry, you know, stuff like this. It’s priceless.”
There was a similar break in not long ago at a Flushing bank branch on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, Queens. Safe deposit boxes were also stolen there in December.
Police have yet to determine whether the incidents are connected.
Police as of Thursday evening were not yet sharing any surveillance video as the investigation continues.
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