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January 25, 2014

Man guilty of Kenmore robbery

Tonawanda News — A Rochester man admitted on Friday to holding up six banks in upstate New York including one that took place at a Kenmore bank in 2012. 

Robert Stevenson, 59, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to bank robbery before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. 

On June 11, 2012, Stevenson approached a teller inside a First Niagara Bank at 2853 Delaware Ave., handing the individual a note that demanded cash. 

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, Stevenson then tapped his waistband and made a noise and gesture, indicating that he was carrying a weapon under his shirt. He then escaped with $50 and $100 bills totaling $3,600. 

While the incident in Kenmore was the only one in the Buffalo area, Stevenson also confessed to robbing five others between April and November 2012, stretching from Rochester to Syracuse and Utica. 

His arrest, which took place in December 2012, included the participation of local, state and federal authorities including the FBI and the Kenmore Police Department.  

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. Stevenson will be sentenced on May 7. 

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