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Suspect in 2 bank robberies now facing federal charges

Suspect in 2 bank robberies now facing federal charges

A Waterford man now faces federal charges in connection with two 2012 bank robberies.

A Waterford man now faces federal charges in connection with two 2012 bank robberies.

Tad E. Baldwin, 44, formerly of Bells Lane, Waterford, faces a total of two counts of bank robbery by force or violence, a charge filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Baldwin is accused of robbing the HSBC Bank on Second Avenue in Troy on May 8, 2012, and then the Pioneer Savings Bank on Saratoga Avenue in Waterford on July 31, 2012.

Baldwin was arrested shortly after the Waterford bank heist by Troy police. Waterford police put out an alert for the suspect’s vehicle and a Troy police officer spotted it there. The people inside the car fled on foot, but were soon captured.

Baldwin was charged with the bank robbery, while a second man faced misdemeanor counts unrelated to the heists.

In the Troy bank robbery, Baldwin allegedly demanded the teller give him $100s, $50s and $20s and made off with $3,200, according to the federal complaint. He was soon deemed a suspect and later confessed to the robbery, police said.

In the Waterford heist, Baldwin is accused of extending his arm over the teller window and demanding the teller give him money and no one would get hurt. He allegedly made off with $6,000.

A Waterford police sergeant reviewed video and immediately recognized Baldwin from previous interactions. He was then tracked down in Troy.

He allegedly denied involvement in the bank robbery earlier that day, but was found to have more than $3,400 in cash on him at the time of his arrest. He also had a red bandanna and ball cap, both similar to those worn by the robber.

Baldwin is currently being held in the Rensselaer County Jail. He has been ordered held pending trial.

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