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TWO BANK BRANCHES ROBBED BY LONE BANDITS

A bank in South Buffalo and another in Wheatfield were hit by lone robbers Friday afternoon.

The man who robbed a South Buffalo bank fled in a getaway car that had been parked about a block away, police said.

The robbery occurred at about 2:30 p.m. at the M&T Bank branch at 490 Dorrance Ave. A man showed a teller a note demanding fifty- and hundred-dollar bills, and also told her to give him twenties, too. He kept the note and fled after being given an unspecified amount of cash, police said.

No weapon was displayed, police said.

The robber fled in a late-model gray Toyota that had been parked around the corner, on Onondaga Avenue, police said.

The robber was a white man with short brown hair, about 6 feet tall with a slim build. Witnesses estimated his age anywhere from 30 to 50 years old. He wore light-blue sweat pants and a light-colored T-shirt and a red baseball cap, which he removed before getting into the car, police were told.

Also Friday, a man on a stolen motorcycle robbed the M&T Drive-Thru Bank on Williams Road in Wheatfield of about $5,000 at 3:55 p.m., Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The robbery occurred at 3:55 p.m. when the suspect drove up to the small drive-thru bank building on a red Honda motorcycle and gave the teller a threatening note demanding money, deputies said.

The teller turned over the money to the suspect who then drove off on the motorcycle, which had a "for sale" sign on it and had been stolen from 100th Street in nearby Niagara Falls, deputies said. The man did not display a weapon during the robbery, deputies said.

The robber obtained the motorcycle, which had been advertised for sale, after calling a home on 100th Street earlier in the day and showing up to take it for a test ride. The suspect never returned with the motorcycle, but left behind the car that he drove to 100th Street, stolen an hour earlier from the A Plus Mini Mart at Military Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, deputies said.

Further information was not available late Friday.

The robber was described as a white male about 6-feet-1-inch tall, weighing 220 pounds and sporting a heavy mustache, deputies said. He was wearing a black jump suit and a black motorcycle helmet with a dark visor and was wearing sunglasses beneath the visor, deputies said.

Sheriff's Investigator Raymond Degan is investigating. Identification Sgt. Kevin LoCicero and deputies Kevin Mack and Brian Grear assisted in the investigation along with Niagara Falls and state police, deputies said.

News Niagara County Bureau Reporter Paul Westmoore contributed to this report.

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