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  • Police seek suspect in Big Flats bank robbery

  • Authorities are hunting for a man they say robbed the Elmira Savings Bank branch on County Route 64 in Big Flats on Wednesday.
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  • BIG FLATS | Authorities are hunting for a man they say robbed the Elmira Savings Bank branch on County Route 64 in Big Flats on Wednesday.
    According to Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, the bank - located roughly across from the Target/Best Buy shopping plaza - was robbed around 1:45 p.m.
    According to Moss, the suspect approached a bank teller and handed her a note demanding money. The bank teller turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then left the bank.
    “It was a strong arm robbery,” Moss said. “No weapon was displayed.”
    No bank employees were injured.
    The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, wearing an olive green jacket with a tan collar, a dark blue or black knit stocking cap, and blue jeans.
    Sheriff’s deputies were assisted in the investigation by New York State Police, the Elmira Police Department and Horseheads Police Department.
    At one point, police searched a Dumpster behind the bank. Later, a handful of
    officers left abruptly and investigated at the nearby Relax Inn on Fisherville Road behind the bank, but left after a few minutes.
    “We’re reviewing video and following leads,” Moss said late Tuesday afternoon.
    The Elmira Savings Bank branch was closed for the day.
    Anyone who may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area around the time of the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division at 737-2933. Anonymous tips can also be left at www.chemungsheriff.net.
    It was the fourth bank or credit union robbery in Chemung County in recent months.
    The Finger Lakes Federal Health Care Credit Union was robbed on Nov. 2 and Dec. 4, and the Elmira Savings Bank on West Church Street in West Elmira was robbed Jan. 31, police say.
    Police made two arrests in connection with those alleged robberies.
    Tracy J. White, 24, of Elmira, and an unidentified 15-year-old suspect were arrested Feb. 19 following a joint investigation by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, Elmira Police Department, FBI and West Elmira Police Department.
    White was charged with first-degree robbery. No information was released about the youth’s role in the alleged robberies. At the time, authorities said further arrests were anticipated in that case.

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