Police outline string of First Niagara Bank robberies

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Several calls rang out Wednesday for bank robberies at Buffalo banks.

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Police remained on the scene of a bank robbery on Kenmore Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Wednesday two First Niagara Bank branches were held up for undisclosed amounts of cash.

The first call went out around 9:30 a.m. when the 1510 South Park First Niagara Bank was held up by a heavy-set, black man, who police said is about 6’2″ tall and around 25-years-old.

Police also responded to 690 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo at around 12 p.m. when that branch was robbed by a thin, black man.

The two suspects may be working together to steal from First Niagara Bank branches. On April 24 and April 29, two Buffalo branches — 1989 Clinton Street on April 24 and 1726 Hertel Avenue on April 29 — were robbed by the same two suspects.

“In each of the four bank robberies, a lone suspect passed a note to a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash,” Chief of Detectives for the Buffalo Police Department Dennis Richards, said. “It is now believed that there are two suspects, each of whom committed two robberies in this recent spree.”

Anybody with information or who recognizes the suspects is asked to call police at the confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.

The robberies are the latest in a series of bank robberies in western New York. Police are still searching for a person who threatened use of explosives after a robbery at a Bank of America branch.

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