Deputies, police seek a man who fled Community Bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
CLIFTON SPRINGS — Several law enforcement agencies are still on the lookout for a man who robbed a bank in the village this morning.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said the man, who was wearing clothing to disguise his features, walked into the Community Bank branch on Main Street at approximately 9:05 a.m., shortly after it opened.
Investigators believe there is only one person behind the theft. A surveillance photo was released of the thief.
The man threatened to use a weapon, but no weapon was displayed, Povero said. No injuries were reported.
“What happened here is typical (for a bank robbery),” Povero said from the scene Wednesday morning. "A suspect, generally alone, walks in, tells the teller to hand over money. There is an implied threat that there is a weapon, but isn't displayed."
The man fled with an undisclosed amount of money through a side door, Povero said. A police dog was able to track a scent to a nearby parking lot.
The Clifton Springs Police Department and state troopers are involved in the investigation, Povero said. The FBI also was contacted.
A heavy police presence was seen in the village after the theft. The bank was closed off behind yellow police tape.
The bank was closed to patrons for about two hours as law enforcement interviewed people inside, Povero said.
Deputies also were canvassing the neighborhood and troopers were patrolling the area around the village.
In 2005, a man who robbed a bank in nearby Phelps was shot and killed after firing on a sheriff’s deputy and wounding him in the leg. A robbery was investigated a few years ago at a branch of the same bank near Route 96, Povero said.
Generally speaking, bank robberies in the county are not a common occurence, he said.
“From my experience, we can probably say one every two or three years,” Povero said. "It's really rare."