At two different banks, just over one month apart, a man walked in with a note and walked out with cash. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us why an unidentified bank robber is becoming a top priority for the Utica and New Hartford Police Departments and why they need your help in finding him.
ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- On August 20th, a middle-aged man calmly robbed the Adirondack Bank on Genesee Street in Utica.
"There's been no weapons displayed at this point. He does appear to pass a note," Utica Police Sgt. Steve Hauck said.
He fled without a trace, not to be seen in the area for over a month.
"On October 3rd, at approximately three o'clock p.m., the Bank of America located on Genesee in the Village of New Hartford was robbed," said New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra.
"Based on everything, the appearance of the person, the clothing, the demeanor and the actions, as far as how the robbery occurred, we do believe it to be the same guy," Hauck said.
Now Utica and New Hartford police say they need your help in finding him.
In photos from the Bank of America security footage, you can see the man coolly walk into the bank and hand a note to the teller demanding money. Police say what stands out to them is how well he's dressed and his lack of effort to hide his identity.
"Other than putting a hat on, but his face was completely exposed," said Inserra.
He says that may indicate he's not from the immediate area.
"If we have somebody local that would enter a bank, they know that they're going to be on video surveillance, they know their image is going to be captured."
Police say because of the man's mannerisms in both videos, this may not be his first time committing this kind of crime.
"He's very calm, very low key, doesn't make a big scene in the bank and when you have those types of things, you have to believe it's probably not the first time," Hauck explained.
Not just familiar with robbing banks, he appears familiar enough with the area to get away and back to wherever he's going on foot.
"We have security video evidence from different locations around the Bank of America, we have seen him walking on the sidewalk in one of the videos, but we do not have a vehicle at this time," New Hartford Police investigator Matt Sica said.
Which is why they're asking anyone who may have seen the man, or any vehicle he might have used, to contact the Utica or New Hartford Police before he hits another area bank.
Anyone who may have seen the suspect, or has any information on either bank robbery is asked to call (315) 223-3510 or (315) 724-7111.