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SUSPECT IN BANK HEIST LINKED TO 4 OTHER CRIMES, POLICE SAY

A Niagara County man charged Tuesday with robbing the Savings Bank of the Finger Lakes is also expected to be charged in four earlier bank robberies, according to Seneca County Sheriff Thomas H. Fox.

Brian K. Spenny, 38, of Ransomville, was charged with third-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny for allegedly robbing the Finger Lakes bank Tuesday, Fox said.

Spenny is also expected to be charged in past robberies of Key Bank in Greece, Fleet Bank in Gates, M & T Bank in Victor and the Community Bank in Geneva, Fox said.

Spenny was captured a short while after he allegedly entered the bank in Waterloo, gave a teller a note stating he had a gun and to put the money on the counter so nobody would be hurt. He then fled on foot with an unspecified amount of cash, got into his car at a nearby parking lot and drove away, Fox said.

Sheriff's deputies and state troopers, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, and State Parks police officers threw up roadblocks around the area and caught the suspect after two citizens, Joseph A. Cohens of Waterloo and his friend, John H. Reid of Geneva -- who had been listening to a police scanner -- recognized his description as he turned away from a roadblock, and alerted police, Fox said.

Police found him leaving his car in a parking lot here and tackled him following a foot chase. The money was recovered, Fox said.

Spenny is being held in the Seneca County Jail in lieu of $100,000.

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