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Frequent customer charged with robbing Lockport credit union

A woman wanted in the robbery of Cornerstone Credit Union in the Town of Lockport last week was arrested at 11 a.m. Monday in Buffalo by the U.S. Marshals’ Violent Felony Task Force, which included members of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office .

Dale L. Swain, 55, of the Town of Lockport, was charged with third-degree robbery and arraigned in the Town of Lockport. She was held in Niagara County Jail on bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. She is due back in court Thursday.

Swain, a frequent customer at Cornerstone Credit Union, 6485 S. Transit Road, was immediately identified after the robbery, which occurred just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. A bank officer said Swain had filed a claim against the bank March 11, saying she fell down in the bank’s parking lot.

During the robbery, Swain allegedly entered the bank and handed a teller a series of three notes demanding cash. The amount of money stolen was not disclosed. No weapon was displayed.

The robber left through the main doors and entered the front passenger seat of a red Chevrolet Cavalier. The male driver of the vehicle was found later that day in his apartment on Robinson Road and was questioned, but Swain was not found until Monday, according to deputies.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said Buffalo Crime Stoppers had aided in the investigation by distributing information and a description of Swain throughout Western New York.