2013-12-19 / Front Page

Bank Robbery in Putnam Lake

By Eric Gross

The sleepy little hamlet of Putnam Lake resembled a community under siege Friday following the robbery of the Putnam County National Bank.

At 11 a.m. a man walked into the bank on Haviland Drive and announced a stick up.

Captain William McNamara said the bandit ordered two tellers to lie down on the floor and walked around to the tellers’ counter where he took an undisclosed amount of money from cash drawers before fleeing on foot.

McNamara said as soon as the suspect fled, one of the tellers tripped an alarm summoning police.

Sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene along with Brewster State Police. Despite a search of the area from the ground as well as the air since canine units and a police chopper were pressed into action, the bandit escaped.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian in his 40’s, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. When last seen he was wearing a gray army style jacket over a gray hoodie sweatshirt with a brown woolen cap and sunglasses with silver rims.

McNamara said after interviewing the tellers, police discovered that the robber did not display a weapon nor did he threaten the use of one during the crime.

No one was injured.

The same bank was robbed in January 2008 by three Connecticut men who escaped in a car. The trio was later arrested and is serving time in state prison.

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