Alleged Colonie robber arrested

Colonie Police arrested a suspect of a robbery, which took place at the TD Banknorth located on Central Avenue on Tuesday, after he allegedly stole nearly $1,300 and fled on foot.

John W. Whiteford, 28, of Albany allegedly entered the bank around 4:55 p.m. wearing a ski mask, sunglasses, latex gloves, all dark clothing and was carrying a backpack, when he demanded money from a bank teller after placing the backpack on the counter.

Police said the teller complied and placed just under $1,300 in the backpack before Whiteford fled on foot heading east.

At the intersection of Central Avenue and Maplewood Avenue, police said they spotted a person that resembled the bank robber, and after stopping and speaking with him they confirmed he was in fact the suspect.

Neither of the two employees present at the bank during the robbery said they saw a weapon, according to the police. No one was injured during the incident.

Police said all of the money stolen was recovered.

Whiteford has been charged with third degree robbery and fourth degree grand larceny, both of which are felonies.

The investigation of the robbery is still on-going, according to police, and Whiteford was said to have been arraigned last evening at Colonie Town Court."

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