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Three Buffalo men charged in bank robbery on Elmwood

Buffalo police have charged three Buffalo men with robbing the First Niagara Bank on Elmwood Avenue of $13,000 on Monday. Police also are investigating whether they are connected to other recent bank robberies in the city.

Santinarra M. Sealy, 28, of Harlem Road; Marcus M. Harris, 19, of Kenmore Avenue; and Mario P. Bankston, 23, of Isabelle Street were charged with two counts of felony robbery.

"Excellent police work led to the arrest of three bank robbery suspects," Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said Thursday. "They may be implicated in one or more of the recent rash of robberies, and we're still investigating."

At about 11:30 a.m. Monday, two men -- armed with two guns and wearing ski masks -- entered the bank at 2159 Elmwood, between Hertel and Hinman avenues in North Buffalo.

After threatening employees and customers, the robbers escaped with a plastic bag containing $13,0000. The bag contained a dye pack, which later exploded.

Harris is accused of waiting outside during the robbery and being the get-away driver.

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