State police helicopter assists in Monday search for Schenectady bank robbery suspect

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SCHENECTADY – A suspect in a bank robbery from last month remained at large late afternoon Monday as a state police helicopter helped local authorities canvas the area of the high school, city police Lt. Ryan Macherone said.

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Police began receiving calls from witnesses stating they saw the suspect at about 10:30 a.m. in the area of the high school, Macherone said.

The suspect is wanted in the May 17 robbery at the Trustco Bank on Union Street. The robber made off with $4,000, police have said.

The lieutenant declined to state how or why authorities were tipped off, nor would he provide the suspect’s identity or description, citing the ongoing investigation.

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the search.

Police officers were still looking for the suspect as of about 3:30 p.m. But the area wasn’t being canvassed at that time to the extent it was earlier that morning, Macherone said.

The high school and Oneida Middle School were under lockout from about 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., school district spokeswoman Karen Corona said.

Under a lockout, no one can enter or leave the building because of an issue in the community. However, all activity continues as normal within the building, Corona said.

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