CNY town hit by spate of bank robberies, attempted in past 3 weeks, police say

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Rome, NY – For the third time in less than three weeks, police in Rome are investigating a bank robbery by a masked man.

The most recent theft was reported just after 4:30 p.m. Friday at Key Bank, 1725 Black River Blvd., according to a press release issued by the Rome Police Force.

In Friday’s robbery, a man entered the bank and handed a cashier a note demanding money, police said.

No weapons were shown and no one was injured, police said.

The man then fled the building with cash, police said. Police did not immediately disclose the amount of stolen money.

The man was around 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brownish eyes and a shaggy brownish beard, police said. He was wearing a gray hoodie, a black winter cap and a black face mask, they said.

Police are asking anyone in the area with security cameras on their home or business to check their footage for any signs of the suspect.

On December 28, police were called to the NBT bank, 853 Black River Blvd., where it was reported that a masked man entered the bank, pulled out a handgun and demanded money from a cashier, police said.

The 6-foot-tall man left the bank with an unknown sum of money and fled north on his bicycle, police said. He was wearing blue jeans, a green jacket, a winter hat and a scarf over his face, police said.

Police in Rome are also investigating a December 21 robbery attempt at the same NBT bank. A 5-foot-5 man entered the lobby around 9:08 a.m. and handed a checkout request to a cashier, police said.

The man left the bank with no money, police said. No weapons were seen, they said.

Key Bank and NBT Bank on Black River Blvd. are about a mile apart. Police did not say if the thefts were related.

Police ask anyone with information about thefts to call the Rome Police Hotline at 315-339-7744. Anonymous advice can also be sent to Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-866-730-8477.

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