Bank robber dressed as woman caught thanks to cab driver

A man dressed as a woman robbed a Manhattan bank Saturday afternoon — and was busted with a little help from a cab driver, police and the cabbie said.

John Sidney, 46 — also known as Madea Sidney — entered the Chase Bank on Sixth Avenue near West 4th Street around noon and passed the teller a note demanding cash, cops said. When the teller handed over $500, he bolted.

He quickly hailed a yellow cab and asked for a ride to West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, said the driver Thierno Diakhate — who thought all the while that Sidney was a woman.

Once they hit 14th Street, Sidney announced a change of plans and asked to be taken to Brooklyn.

“I took Flatbush Avenue … and made a left onto Fulton, went all the way down to Gates Avenue, where I got a call from an officer,” Diakhate, 33, said. “My phone was ringing, but I could not pick it up because I was driving.”

But once he reached his be-wigged passenger’s destination on Gates Avenue near Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, he finally glanced at his phone.

“I realized I got five missed calls,” Diakhate said. “I saw I got a message from an officer of a picture of the lady. In the message, the officer said, ‘We sent you this picture because we believe this lady got into your cab.’ The officer said the lady robbed a bank in Manhattan. I texted the officer back, ‘She’s still in my cab.’”

Sidney soon asked to leave the cab, only to wait outside for a few minutes and get back inside with another man, who asked to be dropped off about three blocks away. Sidney handed him something before he got out of the car, the cabbie said. Sidney got out minutes later, at the corner of Throop Avenue and Van Buren Street, according to Diakhate.

“I was waiting for which building she was going to enter, where she was going to go,” he added.

As instructed, he drove to the nearest traffic light to meet police.

“When [the cops] got into the cab, when we were heading up to where I dropped her off… we saw her try to get into another cab,” Diakhate said.

Sidney was instead busted and charged with robbery, police said.

Diakhate, who has been a cabbie for three years and also goes to school for accounting, had one complaint: Sidney stiffed him on the tip.

“The fare was $41.42,” he groused. “She gave me $50 and asked for $5 back.”

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