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Schenectady man indicted in bank, Sunoco heists

Schenectady man indicted in bank, Sunoco heists

The man accused of robbing the KeyBank branch in the Bellevue neighborhood last month and taking mor

The man accused of robbing the KeyBank branch in the Bellevue neighborhood last month and taking more than $1,300 in cash was indicted Tuesday by a Schenectady County grand jury.

Dwayne D. Mallory, 32, of 506 Summit Ave., Apt. 1, was formally charged with one count of second-degree robbery in the March 7 heist at the bank on Broadway. He also faces a more serious charge of first-degree robbery in a knifepoint gas station robbery last year.

In the March robbery, Mallory is accused of demanding cash from the teller and threatening to shoot her in the face if she did not comply, authorities said earlier.

Though he implied he had a gun, prosecutor William Sanderson said, he did not display one. He is accused of motioning to his pants, making the teller believe he had a gun. No gun was found on him at the time of his arrest, nor in the subsequent investigation.

Mallory also faces two counts of felony grand larceny for the alleged theft of the cash and one count of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly stashing the money in his rectum.

Sanderson said Mallory is believed to have decided to hide the money on his person when he realized police were closing in.

Police caught up with Mallory inside a city restaurant, but the cash was nowhere to be found.

Mallory was arrested, arraigned and sent to the Schenectady County Jail without bail. At some point, he made a phone call from jail that apparently was monitored by authorities, according to papers previously filed in court.

He told the person he called where he had hidden the money. Police with a search warrant found nothing when they did a body cavity search but soon discovered the money under a sheet in a jail exam area. In all, $1,320 was recovered.

The gas station robbery resulted in the gravest charge against Mallory, first-degree robbery. If convicted of that count, he faces up to 25 years in state prison.

He accused of robbing the Sunoco gas station on Erie Boulevard on Oct. 17, 2011, while displaying a knife, according to court papers. The money stolen there apparently was never recovered.

Mallory is represented by attorney Steve Signore, who said his client intends to plead not guilty to the charges at his arraignment.

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