East Syracuse man charged in Colonie Pioneer Bank robbery

Surveillance photos posted to Colonie Police Department's Facebook page provided tips on suspect's identity
Christopher M. Seamans, 41, of East Syracuse
Christopher M. Seamans, 41, of East Syracuse

COLONIE — A male suspect sought in connection with a Friday afternoon bank robbery has been arrested. 

According to a release issued late Saturday night by Colonie Police, Christopher M. Seamans, 41, of East Syracuse, was taken into custody without incident with the assistance of the Dewitt Police Department and New York State Police earlier in the evening. After being arrested at the Dewitt Police station, Seamans was transported back to the Colonie Police Department for processing and was awaiting arraignment in Colonie Justice Court. 

Seamans is charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies. According to the Colonie Police release, he has two previous bank robbery convictions, one in 2005 and a second in 2010, both of which were handled by the United States Attorney’s office. 

Colonie Police received several tips about the Seamans’ identity after posting surveillance images to the department’s facebook page which investigators used to confirm his identity.

Search warrants were issued and executed on the vehicle, a blue 2005 Mercedes-Benz ML350, and Seamans’ residence just outside of the city of Syracuse. While evidence related to the robbery was recovered, the stolen cash remains at large. 

In an initial release regarding the incident issued on Friday, Colonie Police received a “hold-up alarm” from the Pioneer Bank branch located at 1761 Central Avenue at 4:36 p.m. that afternoon. 

Surveillance footage from the bank showed a 6 foot tall man, weighing approximately 200 pounds, appearing to be in his 30s or 40s wearing black framed glasses, a black jacket, blue jeans, black sneakers with white soles, backwards black baseball cap with orange letters on it spelling RIT and dark colored gloves, approach a bank teller and demand money. 

While that release stated that the suspect initially fled on foot, it later reads that “further investigation revealed that [he] arrived and left” the scene in a silver or gray Mercedes Benz SUV. Surveillance photos show that the suspect and the vehicle’s last known direction were westbound on Central Avenue. 

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