Pair accused in bank robberies

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Two men have been arrested by federal marshals for allegedly robbing six banks since January, including two in the Capital Region.

Zachariah Edwards, 21, of Frankfort, was picked up Friday and 21-year-old Nicholas Ferrone of Utica surrendered to authorities in Utica on Monday.

Both are accused of robbing the Berkshire Bank in Hamilton Square on Route 20 in Guilderland on Jan. 23. Police said the two suspects walked into the bank separately, each going to different teller areas and handing the tellers notes demanding money.

They left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash and fled into the parking lot of the strip mall.

They also allegedly robbed the Trustco Bank branch at 2050 Western Ave. in Guilderland on Feb. 13. They walked into building just before 5:50 p.m. and one of them handed a note to the teller behind the counter. No weapon was displayed and they fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money.

The suspects are facing charges for robbing banks in Syracuse, Dewitt and Chicopee, Mass.

Ferrone is also suspected in the robbery of the Alliance Bank in Oneida on Jan. 3.

Both defendants appeared before United States Magistrate David E. Peebles and were ordered held without bail. They face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count.

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