Man acquitted in 1993 Nassau bank heist
A judge has acquitted the man who was accused of helping to pull off one of the biggest bank robberies in Nassau County's history.
Relatives cheered as 42-year-old Claude Bird left Criminal Court in Mineola a free man today.
Bird, a Jamaican national, was accused of being among a group of gunmen who robbed a bank in Lake Success back in 1993. The heist reportedly netted $241,000.
The case revolved around a confession that prosecutors say Bird gave to Nassau detectives back in 1994 while he was in custody in Jamaica.
However, the judge ruled that the confession was inadmissible because authorities had not allowed him access to a lawyer.
The Nassau District Attorney's Office declined to comment on the case after the ruling.