Niagara Gazette

August 23, 2013


By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Falls Police detectives are searching for a suspect in a daring mid-day robbery of the M & T Bank branch on Main Street.

Investigators said a lone suspect entered the bank at 12:40 p.m. and walked up to a teller cage and demanded cash.

"He just gave the teller a note, demanding money," Niagara Falls Police Det. Lt. Michael Trane said. "He did not display a weapon and no one was hurt."

The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled from the bank, according to police. 

"No one saw what direction he went leaving the bank," Trane said. "And we have no information on any vehicle. We could assume he had a vehicle, but we don't know that."

It's the third bank robbery of the year in the Cataract City. Police have made arrests in the two previous hold-ups.

Both suspects in those cases were from Buffalo.

"This guy could be an out-of-towner too, but we'll have to find that out," Trane said.

Detectives said they were hopeful the public may be able to assist them in their investigation.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black knee-length shorts, dark sunglasses and a Pittsburgh Steelers baseball cap. 

Anyone who may have information about the robbery is asked to contact detectives at the Niagara Falls Police Department at 286-4553.