Canajoharie man returned to region, pleads not guilty in bank robbery

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Victor A. Shear
Victor A. Shear

— The Canajoharie man accused of robbing a Trustco bank branch pleaded not guilty Tuesday night after being returned to the area from South Carolina earlier in the day.

Victor A. Shear, 45, was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court on felony charges of first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Police say Shear held up the Trustco branch on New Scotland Road at gunpoint Aug. 21 while dressed as a construction worker. He subsequently fled the area, but was captured last Wednesday in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Shear waived extradition and was returned to the area Tuesday by Bethlehem and state police. After his arraignment, he was sent to the Albany County jail without bail.

Police said he is also being looked at as a suspect in the Jan. 23 robbery of the NBT Bank branch in Sharon Springs. The man who robbed that bank also was dressed as a construction worker.

A friend of Shear’s, Anthony Zumbolo, 40, of Amsterdam, was charged last week with a felony count of hindering prosecution after police said he texted Shear to tell him police were looking for him in the Trustco holdup.

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