Tonawanda News

September 7, 2012

Bank robber strikes again

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The suspect who robbed a Town of Tonawanda bank Friday committed a similar crime at another bank in Depew Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The first incident occurred at a Key Bank located at 2344 Niagara Falls Blvd. around 4:40 p.m Friday. The suspect communicated with the clerk via a handwritten note that said, “This is a robbery give me all the 50s and 100s or I will start shooting.” 

The employee gave the suspect some money, but the suspect was not satisfied and asked for more. 

Detective Timothy M. Connolly said the suspect used the same method at the Bank of America branch located at 6041 Transit Road in Depew about 3:50 p.m. During both robberies, no weapon was displayed. 

However, the suspect was successful in obtaining an undetermined amount of cash in both situations. 

Tonawanda police Lt. Nick Bado said Connolly is concerned about the implied threat of violence and said police have not received any tips. 

“That is unusual,” Bado said.

The alleged robber is described as a white male approximately 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall and is of medium build. He was wearing a fake mustache and beard and a NASCAR Dale Earnhardt baseball cap. 

“The suspect used a black laptop bag with a shoulder strap and is believed to driving a tan or gold Oldsmobile Alero,” Connolly said in a release.

Anyone with information on either of these crimes is asked to contact the Town of Tonawanda Police Department via the office’s confidential tip line at 879-6606.