Two men accused of robbing a Town of Tonawanda bank Tuesday afternoon didn’t take their ill-gotten gains and flee to somewhere exotic.
The suspects were nabbed by an observant police officer who found them in a parking lot just 0.2 miles away, Town Police Capt. Joseph F. Carosi said.
A lone man entered the Evans Bank at 2800 Niagara Falls Boulevard about 12:40 p.m. and gave the teller a note demanding money, he said. The note also indicated the man was armed, but no weapon was displayed, he said.
The bandit fled with an undetermined amount of cash but witnesses provided police with a description of a blue truck and its last known direction of travel, Carosi said.
A short time later, Officer Jason Arlington located a vehicle matching the truck’s description in a parking lot behind 2700 Niagara Falls Boulevard and questioned the two occupants who said they were contractors doing work at that address, police said.
Arlington also observed clothing in the truck’s backseat matching the robbery suspect’s clothing, police said. A search warrant for the truck was obtained and the stolen money was recovered, still wrapped in Evans Bank money wrappers, police said.
“Great collar,” said Carosi. “Great police work.”
Ryan P. Collins, 22, and Eric W. Lockwood, 29, both of the City of Tonawanda, were charged with first- and second-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and marijuana possession. They were due to be arraigned Wednesday in Town Court.