NEWS

Middleville bank target of robbery -- again

Bryon Ackerman

State police in Herkimer on Thursday night were investigating a daytime robbery that occurred at the NBT Bank of Middleville.

The bank also was robbed Jan. 22, 2004. Two Solvay men were later charged in connection to the incident.

Troopers said they were looking for a male who was wearing a blue windbreaker and gray hoodie. The suspect is about 5-foot-10, 210 pounds and possibly has sandy blonde hair, troopers said.

The suspect entered the 12 N. Main St. bank at about 2 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money, troopers said. His getaway vehicle was believed to be a 1990s model of a white Chevy, Corsica or Lumina.

NBT Bancorp, the parent company of NBT Bank, is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for original information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of any individual or individuals responsible for this robbery, according to Kyle Brown, NBT Bank officer and communications specialist.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, five marked state police vehicles were parked near the bank on Route 169, and several troopers were either in the bank or walking up and down the block.

Police also were stopping cars on Route 169 at the Little Falls border.

Lori Moynihan, who works at the Middleville Rest Home across the street from the bank, said she heard something on the scanner and walked outside to see a white car driving away. She tried to look at the license plate, but it was too dirty to read, she said.

The robbery wasn’t loud or disruptive, so Moynihan wasn’t sure what happened, she said.

“It was so calm,” she said. “We didn’t think anything was going on.”

Dorothy McGuire, manager of nearby Stewart’s convenience store, said she was doing paperwork when the robbery occurred and didn’t see anything.

Troopers entered the store and asked her if she saw a white male in a gray hoodie, she said.

The robbery concerned her because this was the second robbery at the bank since 2004, and convenience stores also are common targets for robbers, McGuire said.

“They could have come here,” she said. “And I was all alone.”

She said the only things she can do is try to keep safe and follow the store’s security procedures.

Observer-Dispatch