Whatever happened to ski masks?
For the second day in a row, a thief wearing a very obvious wig held up a bank branch in Buffalo.
The latest came at 1 p.m. Tuesday at an M&T Bank branch at 788 Tonawanda St.
Two robbers approached the tellers, screaming and demanding money, police said. A surveillance camera image shows the robbers, one wearing a long, curly wig, under a hat. The other robber is wearing a ski hat and sunglasses.
Tellers stuffed cash into bags and the pair fled, heading north on Ontario Street. A witness told police the thieves ran down Heward Avenue and got into a newer silver car, which went southwest on Ontario toward Niagara Street.
A day earlier, two robbers wearing long, curly wigs held up an M&T Bank branch at 1300 Jefferson Ave. at about 2:10 p.m. Monday.
These robbers passed a note to a teller demanding money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. They were last seen heading north on Jefferson. In that robbery, both bandits wore wigs.
The robbers did not display a weapon in either of the hold-ups.
Police announced the arrest of one of the suspects Wednesday. Billy Evans, 28, of Erie, Pa., was arrested Tuesday night and was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy.
"People try to disguise themselves all sorts of ways – hoodies, sunglasses," said Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo of modern-day bank robbers. "There is no way to come in and out of a bank without being caught on video surveillance."
Police asked anyone with information about either incident to call or text the police confidential TIPLINE at 716-847-2255.