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Man who robbed Ballston bank, led police on chase, gets 10 years in prison

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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— A man who robbed the Adirondack Trust Co. branch in Ballston and crashed his getaway car with police on his tail was sentenced Tuesday in Saratoga County Court to 10 years in prison.

Nigel R. Guy, 32, of Ballston Spa, also will serve five years of post-release supervision for the May 23 robbery, in which he entered the branch on Route 50 just south of the village of Ballston Spa and pretended to have a pistol by pointing his finger through his jacket pocket.

Guy handed a bank teller a backpack and demanded she fill it with money, authorities said, then ran from the bank to his waiting silver Audi sedan.

That’s when Ballston Spa High School football coach John Bowen happened to see Guy and called 911 to report what seemed like suspicious activity. Bank employees also saw the vehicle and gave police a description.

Guy drove off but didn’t get far. He flipped his car on Middle Line Road near Galway Road in Milton, after crashing into another vehicle.

He ran but a Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department police dog forced him to stop, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.

All the cash was recovered at the crash scene, authorities said.

The Ballston Spa Central School District locked down its buildings after the robbery until Guy was caught; the bank is across the street from the district’s campus on Ballston Avenue.

Dismissal was delayed for a short time.

In November, Guy pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree robbery.

Bank employees and sheriff’s deputies deserve the credit for catching Guy quickly, said Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.

“Thanks to tellers who are trained to notice details in the unlikely event of a robbery, combined with the excellent work of Sheriff Bowen’s officers, the bank robber was quickly apprehended and we were able to remove Mr. Guy from our community for 10 years, where he will not be a threat to anyone for a long time,” he said.

Also Tuesday in Saratoga County Court:

• Dale Pastore, 28, of Cobleskill, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with a charge from last July in Mechanicville. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

• Christopher Meyer, 25, of 120 Ballard Road, Building 19, Wilton, pleaded guilty to failure to report an Internet account change within 10 days, something he must do because he was convicted in 2009 of third-degree rape. He also pleaded guilty to a probation violation. Sentencing for the felony charge will be in March.

• Nicholas A. Biddle, 31, of 52 North St., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. State police charged him in October in Moreau. Sentencing is scheduled for March.

• On Friday, Donald H. Rafferty, 51, of Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI while driving with a child in the vehicle. He will be sentenced in March. The child was 4 years old, state police said at the time. They stopped Rafferty in August in Moreau.

 
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