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Schenectady bank robbery suspect now charged in 2 Rotterdam heists

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Jahmar Daniels
Jahmar Daniels

— A Saratoga Springs man arrested in connection with a Schenectady bank robbery has now been charged in two heists that occurred last month in the town.

Jahmar R. Daniels, 26, of Regent Street, was arrested on the charges of first-degree robbery, third-degree robbery, two counts of grand larceny and one count of possession of stolen property. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges in Town Court Thursday.

Daniels was arrested following a robbery at the Trustco Bank on Union Street Monday morning. A description of Daniels taken from the robbery matched one Rotterdam Police developed from others, including heists at the Trustco Bank on Altamont Avenue on Feb. 13 and Pioneer Savings Bank on Altamont Avenue on Feb. 26.

Investigators said Daniels became a suspect in the Rotterdam robberies after they received information from the Colonie Police last month. They also worked with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Albany Crime Analysis Center to develop leads in the case.

Daniels was stopped by Rotterdam Police as he was leaving a local residence in a vehicle. Rotterdam police brought him and the other person to Schenectady for questioning, which led to Daniels being arrested on larceny and robbery charges stemming from Monday's heist in the city.

Daniels was arraigned on the charge of third-degree robbery and on a parole warrant in Schenectady City Court Tuesday. He was remanded to the Schenectady County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.

Daniels was on parole for a third-degree robbery conviction out of Albany County. In August 2011, Daniels walked into a Key Bank branch on Delaware Avenue in Albany, approached the branch manager at a teller window, handed her a plastic bag, demanded money and threatened to kill her if she didn't comply.

He was arrested just minutes after the robbery and was charged in Albany City Court. He was sentenced to serve up to three years in prison in November 2011, but was released on parole in August 2012, according to state Department of Corrections records.

 
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