Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Daily Reporter: Wellsville man is a suspect in four bank robberies

Wade was charged Friday with third-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny, both felonies. He was sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The Community Bank on Main Street in Alfred was robbed around 2 p.m. on Friday. The same bank was robbed on Friday, Jan. 4, around 2 p.m.
After police got a search warrant for Wade's vehicle, they think he robbed the bank both times and is expected to be charged with both robberies today, police said.
But that's not all.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, around 1:30 p.m., the First Niagara Bank in Conklin (near Binghamton) was robbed by a white male wearing dark sweat pants, a black knit cap and a camouflaged bandana.
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, around 1:30 p.m., a man fitting the same description robbed the same bank in Conklin.
Alfred Police Chief Timothy O'Grady confirmed they found a camouflaged bandana on Friday and he was wearing it during the incident in Alfred Friday.
Police also told The Daily Reporter they believe Wade called a bomb threat into Alfred-Almond school during the Jan. 4 robbery in Alfred.
O'Grady knew of the robbery in Conklin and the time and date differential and police were ready. They even put together a possible escape route leaving Alfred, traveling on Church Street, which turns into West University Avenue and continues up Jericho Hill into Wellsville.

As soon as the 911 calls came in, police went to their positions, O'Grady said. However, O'Grady was leaving the station, going to an unrelated call, when he was flagged down by residents who saw Wade running. Meanwhile, State University of New York Lt. Scott Bingham, who works on the Alfred State campus, went to the area where they thought the vehicle might head, O'Grady said.
O'Grady said he almost struck Wade's vehicle head-on trying to get into the Alfred University parking lot, but had no idea that was Wade he almost hit.
"I was going after a person on foot. However, I think (Wade) thought I was going after him and he sped up. If it weren't for that, we might not have caught him," said O'Grady.
Wade's vehicle struck a parked car and was speeding in the heavy snow up Church Street. O'Grady said Bingham was going to assist in the foot chase when Wade, speeding away in the poor weather, gave him enough probable cause to pull him over.
Alfred police confirmed to The Daily Reporter that Scott Wade, 51, of Wellsville is not just charged in connection with one robbery, but could be charged with up to four bank robberies.

Wade was charged Friday with third-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny, both felonies. He was sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The Community Bank on Main Street in Alfred was robbed around 2 p.m. on Friday. The same bank was robbed on Friday, Jan. 4, around 2 p.m.

After police got a search warrant for Wade's vehicle, they think he robbed the bank both times and is expected to be charged with both robberies today, police said.

But that's not all.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, around 1:30 p.m., the First Niagara Bank in Conklin (near Binghamton) was robbed by a white male wearing dark sweat pants, a black knit cap and a camouflaged bandana.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, around 1:30 p.m., a man fitting the same description robbed the same bank in Conklin.

Alfred Police Chief Timothy O'Grady confirmed they found a camouflaged bandana on Friday and he was wearing it during the incident in Alfred Friday.

Police also told The Daily Reporter they believe Wade called a bomb threat into Alfred-Almond school during the Jan. 4 robbery in Alfred.
O'Grady knew of the robbery in Conklin and the time and date differential and police were ready. They even put together a possible escape route leaving Alfred, traveling on Church Street, which turns into West University Avenue and continues up Jericho Hill into Wellsville.

As soon as the 911 calls came in, police went to their positions, O'Grady said. However, O'Grady was leaving the station, going to an unrelated call, when he was flagged down by residents who saw Wade running. Meanwhile, State University of New York Lt. Scott Bingham, who works on the Alfred State campus, went to the area where they thought the vehicle might head, O'Grady said.

O'Grady said he almost struck Wade's vehicle head-on trying to get into the Alfred University parking lot, but had no idea that was Wade he almost hit.

"I was going after a person on foot. However, I think (Wade) thought I was going after him and he sped up. If it weren't for that, we might not have caught him," said O'Grady.

Wade's vehicle struck a parked car and was speeding in the heavy snow up Church Street. O'Grady said Bingham was going to assist in the foot chase when Wade, speeding away in the poor weather, gave him enough probable cause to pull him over.

"That's when the chase started, and (Wade) lost control up about a mile up Water Wells Road in the town and hit some guard rails," he said.

Wade went up the s-curve, hit the guard rail, went across the road and into a ditch.

Bingham held him at gunpoint without incident until O'Grady and Alfred State Chief Matt Heller arrived.

O'Grady said Wade had strictly cash but that search warrants were conducted for his vehicle and his apartment, which may tie him to all four bank robberies. He also said Wade could face vehicle and traffic charges in Alfred court today as well.

Residents calling 911 were a help as well.

"The bank alarm goes through a third party, so we were getting flooded with 911 calls before the alarm company called," said O'Grady."He could have slipped away, but people were pointing where he was and everything came together, from hitting a parked car and speeding.
"Alfred State police, our department and public safety at Alfred University all do their own thing, but we also work very well together," O'Grady added.

Being proactive helped as well. O'Grady's department warned the area banks another robbery may take place and he said the bandana was a giveaway.

"We had a good intuition this person may have committed those robberies outside of Binghamton," said O'Grady. "We went to all the area banks, advised them if it's the person we believe it is, he will be back. And he was, it just took him longer to come back."

Wade did not talk to police after his arrest. However, he did get in a few words in court Friday night after allegedly taking $12,595.10 in cash.
When Wellsville Village Justice Christopher O'Connor read the amount of money allegedly taken, Wade asked, "Could I ask a question, your honor? 10 cents — where did that come from?" More from Daily Reporter...click link...and consider a subscription to the Daily Reporter...
Wellsville man is a suspect in four bank robberies

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