Police had every reason to think Michael FitzPatrick was their man.
They had a confession. They had a bank teller's identification from a police lineup.
David Harrington knew differently, though. He knew FitzPatrick, 48, an autistic man who worked as a high school janitor, did not rob the Ontario National Bank in Clifton Springs last April.
Harrington knew because he was the robber. Harrington, 30, of Fairport, was arrested in May and eventually admitted to 16 bank heists across the state during the past six years, including the April 15 robbery in Clifton Springs.
A Clifton Springs village justice dismissed the first-degree robbery charge against FitzPatrick Tuesday.
Harrington gave enough details about the robbery to leave no doubt he was the man who handed a note to a teller demanding money, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said.
FitzPatrick became a suspect one week after the bank robbery after he was spotted in another branch of Ontario National Bank three miles away in Phelps acting suspiciously, police said.