DATE/TIME: Monday, December 6th, 2004 / 08:45 PM

A man who robbed the Trustco Bank branch at 320 State Street at about 3 p.m. today was apprehended by patrol officers shortly after the robbery.

The suspect entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. He implied that he had a gun, but none was displayed. The teller complied and gave the man an amount of money that is not being disclosed. Officers Robert Dashnow and Mark Kirker were responding to the bank when they received information that the suspect may have fled in a blue pick-up truck. They observed a blue pick-up turning from Union Street onto Erie Boulevard northbound. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled east on Nott Street then south on Wendell Avenue. The truck lost control on Wendell and crashed into a fire hydrant at Douglas Road. The suspect ran from the vehicle, but was captured by the officers after a short foot chase.

Evidence from the robbery was recovered. No weapon was found. Nobody was injured during the robbery or the pursuit.

Robert L. Tracy, 24, of 4 Freemanís Bridge Road in Glenville, has been charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest. He is being held in the lock-up at Police Headquarters and will be arraigned in Police Court at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Tracy is the primary suspect in several other Capital Region bank robberies that have occurred since September 2nd. The investigation is continuing.