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UPDATE: Robbery Suspect in Custody

From the Buffalo Police Depatrment:


Buffalo police have arrested 43-year-old Joseph Licata of Buffalo in connection with at least two recent bank robberies. Licata is charged with robbery in the first degree in connection with the M&T Bank robbery at 130 Grant St. on November 22. Licata is also charged with robbery in the third degree in connection with the attempted bank robbery yesterday morning at the Bank of America in the 400 block of Elmwood Avenue.  Buffalo police received a tip overnight on the confidential TIPCALL Line and apprehended the suspect at a motel on Grand Island Blvd. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo police are on the look-out for an individual believed to be responsible for a number of recent city bank robberies, and one attempted robbery.

According to a statement from police, the attempted robbery occurred Monday morning, around 11 a.m., at the Bank of America branch at 495 Elmwood Avenue when a man passed a note to a teller. He fled the bank empty-handed.

About 30 minutes later, on the other side of the city, the Bank of America branch office located at 1171 East Delavan Avenue was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash.

"Detectives have determined that the same male, wearing a dark leather jacket and white baseball cap, entered the Bailey-Delavan Branch of Bank of America and passed a note to a teller, demanding money," Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives said.

Police now believe the same individual is linked to these recent bank robberies: a Key Bank robbery that occurred on Friday, November 26, at the branch located at 52 Amherst St.; an HSBC bank hold-up on November 24th; and the bank robbery at M&T's branch at 130 Grant Street.

Anyone with information regarding this individual is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or "Text a Tip" at 847-2255 or e-mail the Department’s website at www.bpdny.org and click the "Report a Tip' tab near the top of the homepage.


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