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Canajoharie man accused in Slingerlands bank robbery

Canajoharie man accused in Slingerlands bank robbery

A Montgomery County man accused of an armed holdup at a TrustCo bank in Slingerlands last month was

A Montgomery County man accused of an armed holdup at a TrustCo bank in Slingerlands last month was arraigned on a felony indictment charge on Monday, according to a release from the office of Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares.

Victor Shear, 45, of Canajoharie, is charged with first-degree robbery and accused of displaying a gun at the TrustCo bank on New Scotland Road in the town of Slingerlands on Aug. 21.

Police allege Shear was wearing a construction outfit when he took cash and fled. He was found in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., about two weeks later, and waived extradition proceedings.

Police have said Shear is also a suspect in the Jan. 23 holdup at the NBT Bank in Sharon Springs. Witnesses to that robbery also reported the robber was wearing a construction outfit.

Shear entered a not guilty plea and was sent to the Albany County Jail without bail.

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