BETHLEHEM – Police charged a 30-year-old Greene County man on Tuesday, Feb. 6, with robbing the Trustco Bank in Slingerlands a month ago.
Ryan J. O’Connor is incarcerated in Ulster County after Kingston police arrested him on Jan. 18 for a similar bank robbery, according to Bethlehem Commander Adam Hornick.
As part of the investigation into the Jan. 6 robbery of the Trustco Bank on New Scotland Road, Hornick said police were monitoring other bank robberies in the Capital District and beyond. Detectives worked with the Kingston police and executed search warrants to gather evidence on O’Connor.
On Jan. 6, he allegedly entered the Trustco Bank at around 12:45 p.m. and demanded money. He did not display a weapon and no one was injured in the incident.
In Kingston on Jan. 18, according to the Hudson Valley News Network, the robbery was executed in exactly the same way. But, police got a description of the vehicle O’Connor used to flee the bank and it was distributed to patrol officers. O’Connor was stopped and arrested without incident a short distance from the bank.
O’Connor was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court on Tuesday by Judge Ryan Donovan and remanded to jail without bail. He is slated to re-appear in Bethlehem Court on March 6. He is currently incarcerated in the Ulster County jail, according to Hornick.
The investigation is ongoing and includes Bethlehem, Kingston, Albany and Rotterdam police.