Police Press Releases

Posted on: February 6, 2018

Police Press Release - Arrest Made in Bank Robbery in Slingerlands

O'Connor mugshot

February 6, 2018 

          On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Bethlehem Police Department arrested a Hannacroix man in regards to the January 6th, 2018, Trustco Bank robbery in Slingerlands.  From the start of the investigation Bethlehem Police were aware of similar bank robberies in the Capital Region. 

            As part of the on-going investigation Bethlehem Police were monitoring other bank robbery incidents, and became aware of an arrest by the City of Kingston Police on January 18th.  After working with Kingston Police, and comparing similar robberies in Albany and Rotterdam, police executed multiple search warrants to gain further evidence in this case.

            On February 6th, Bethlehem Police arrested Ryan J. O’Connor, 30, for one felony count of Robbery in the third degree, and one misdemeanor count of Petit Larceny.  O’Connor was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by the Honorable Judge Ryan Donovan and remanded to jail without bail.  O’Connor is scheduled to return to the Town of Bethlehem Court on March 6th at 4:00PM.  O’Connor is currently incarcerated at the Ulster County as a result of his arrest by Kingston Police on January 18th

            The joint investigation into this incident is on-going, and is being investigated by Bethlehem Police, as well as Albany Police, Rotterdam Police, and Kingston Police.

January 6, 2018 

            The Bethlehem Police Department is currently investigating a bank robbery that took place at 12:45 p.m. today, at the Trustco Bank, 1569 New Scotland Road in Slingerlands.

            The investigation has determined that a white male, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses entered the bank and displayed a note demanding money.  The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of US currency.  The suspect fled in a southerly direction across New Scotland Road, into the rear of other businesses.   No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured during the incident.  A track was conducted by an Albany County Sheriff’s Department K-9. 

            The New York State Police and Albany County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.  The incident is currently under investigation by the Bethlehem Police Department and anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact police at 518-439-9973.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com or by downloading the free P3 Tips app to any IOS or Android device.


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