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A pair of robbers apparently working in tandem held up separate tellers Thursday morning at the same bank branch in Riverside, authorities said.

"It's not as common," FBI Special Agent Paul Moskal said of the dual effort, "but it happens with regularity."

The robberies occurred at about 11:35 a.m. at the
M&T Bank branch at 788 Tonawanda St.

Both tellers told Northwest District officers that they were given notes demanding cash -- and one of the robbers claimed to have a gun -- and both
robbers took the notes back.

A "large amount" of small bills was given to one robber.

The shorter of the two may be the same person who held up a Seneca Street bank branch on March 19. "We haven't eliminated the possibility,"
Moskal said.

That robber was a short black man -- or possibly a woman in disguise -- with a very thin build, officers were told. The robber, carrying a large, black vinyl bag, had a mustache and wore a red hooded sweat shirt and a black knit hat.

The other robber was described as a black man who appeared about 45 years old. He was about 5 foot 9 and 140 pounds, with a medium build, and had short black hair and was clean shaven. He wore a dark-colored skull cap with an orange band and an Army waist coat.

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