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DATE/TIME: Monday, November 30th, 2004 / 09:04 PM
SUBJECT:FIRST NIAGARA BANK ROBBED–SUSPECT SOUGHT IN OTHER ROBBERIES

Detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at the First Niagara Bank branch at 1626 Union Street at about 3:45 this afternoon.

A white male entered the bank and handed a female teller a note demanding money. The man implied that he had a gun, but none was displayed. The teller complied with the man’s demand and gave him an amount of money that is not being disclosed at this time. The man left the bank and was last seen walking west on Union Street. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as 5’7”, 150 lbs., light skin, clean shaven, in his 20’s. He was wearing eyeglasses w/ dark frames, a dark knit hat, black coat, dark jeans and light-colored footwear.

The suspect is believed to be the same man that has committed 7 other area robberies:

* September 2nd – Trustco Bank, 301 New Scotland Ave., Albany

* September 10th – First Teachers Federal Credit Union, 818 Central Ave., Albany

* September 16th – Trustco Bank, 320 State St., Schenectady

* September 21st – 1st National Bank of Scotia, 1705 Central Ave., Colonie

* September 25th – Trustco Bank, 3461 State St., Niskayuna

* October 26th – State Employees Federal Credit Union, 2114 Western Ave., Guilderland

* November 9th – Charter One Bank, 501 State St., Schenectady

Anyone with information is asked to call Schenectady Police @ 382-5263