Maspeth Federal Bank safe deposit boxes robbed: Law firm representing safe deposit box victims

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 Maspeth Federal branch located in Rego Park, Queens.
By: Imbesi Law
Brittany Weiner
Brittany Weiner
NEW YORK - May 24, 2016 - PRLog -- The attorneys at the law firm of Imbesi Law P.C., have recovered millions of dollars for their clients, including victims of multiple bank robberies who had the contents of their safe deposit boxes stolen.  The Maspeth Federal safe deposit box robbery occurred in May of 2016, according to various reports.

Safe deposit box robbery victims, including the Maspeth Federal 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 Maspeth Federal, 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 Maspeth Federal safe deposit box robbery in Queens, 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

From WABC7:

REGO PARK, Queens (WABC) --

A Queens bank appears to have burglarized by thieves who cut a hole in the roof over the weekend, and police believe it could be connected to others in New York City area.

Sadly, by now the cops are used to this. And for hours Monday night, they searched for any shred of evidence after yet another daring heist.

An employee discovered the large hole in the roof at the Maspeth Federal Savings bank on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park upon arriving just before 8:30 a.m. Monday.

"There's wood on the roof and they cut through the metal and directly underneath there they go after the safety deposit boxes normally, this crew," said Chief Robert Boyce, NYPD Detectives Bureau.

Bank customers say they don't know what to do. They thought important documents, valuable jewelry and other items would be safe at the bank.

"To be honest with you I'm still in disbelief," said Sam Mullokandov, a bank client.

Mei Luk's parents have a box there. Her wedding jewelry was in it, family heirlooms worn by her mother and sister. Now, she fears they are gone.

"There's a lot of elderly people in this area and all their valued possessions are in the safe deposit box because they're not safe in their homes," Luk said. "It's devastating to hear."

Maspeth Federal Savings released a statement late Monday, saying "the full extent of what was stolen is still being determined but includes a number of safe deposit boxes and teller's cash, which is kept in the same area."

The bank is closed for the time being. An employee at the main office could only tell Eyewitness News that the investigation is ongoing. It's unclear what went on with the alarm system in place at that location.

Police said this is likely connected with a through-the-roof heist in Borough Park, Brooklyn, in April, in which the thieves got away with nearly $300,000.

The NYPD said there have been 10 burglaries like this across the city, which have been occurring since 2011. Police said the thieves cut into the roof just after midnight, and generally try to get the safety deposit boxes, stacking them up on the roof as they go through them. Police said those involved appear to be professionals, as they cut the video cameras.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

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