Waterford man faces charges in two bank robberies

Monday, July 22, 2013
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— A Waterford man now faces federal charges in connection with two 2012 bank robberies, one of them in Saratoga County.

Tad E. Baldwin, 44, formerly of Bells Lane, Waterford, faces a total of two counts of bank robbery by force or violence, a charge filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Baldwin is accused of robbing the HSBC Bank on Second Avenue in Troy on May 8, 2012 and then the Pioneer Savings Bank on Saratoga Avenue in Waterford on July 31, 2012.

Brown was arrested shortly after the Waterford bank heist by Troy police assisting Waterford police.

Waterford police put out an alert for the suspect’s vehicle and a Troy police officer spotted it there. The people inside the car fled on foot, but were soon captured.

Brown was charged with the bank robbery, while a second man faced misdemeanor counts unrelated to the heists.

In the Troy bank robbery, Baldwin allegedly demanded the teller give him $100s, $50s and $20s, making off with $3,200, according to the federal complaint. Brown was soon deemed a suspect and he later confessed to the robbery.

In the Waterford heist, Baldwin is accused of extending his arm over the teller window and demanding the teller give him money and no one would get hurt. Baldwin then made off with $6,000.

A Waterford police sergeant reviewed video and immediately recognized Baldwin from previous interactions. He was then tracked down in Troy.

Baldwin allegedly denied involvement in that day’s bank robbery, but was found to have more than $3,400 in cash on him at the time of his arrest. He also had a red bandana and ball cap, both similar to those worn during the robbery.

Baldwin is currently being held in the Rensselaer County Jail. He has been ordered held pending trial.

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July 22, 2013
3:57 p.m.
grant18 says...

If Baldwin committed the robberies, why was Brown arrested & charged (in the 4th & 6th paragraphs, respectively)? PUH-LEEZE improve the Gazette's copy editing!

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