Utica man, Frankfort man charged in connection to multiple bank robberies

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

A Utica man and Frankfort man have been charged in connection with more than half a dozen bank robberies in New York and Massachusetts.  Court documents indicate that one of suspects told an investigator they used the money at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Zachariah Edwards, 21, of Frankfort surrendered himself to authorities in Utica on March 8 and was transported to Syracuse where he was formally charged with robbing $3,400 from the M&T Bank on West Taft Road in Syracuse on March 4.

On Monday, March 11, Nicholas Ferrone, 21, of Utica, surrendered himself to authorities in Syracuse and was brought to federal court and formally charged with robbing $4,409 from Chase Bank on East Genesee Street in Dewitt on January 28.

According to federal authorities, Edwards and Ferrone are suspected of acting together and robbing the following banks:

  • Chase Bank, 6004 Court Street, Syracuse, New York on January 14, 2013;
  • Berkshire Bank, 2080 Western Avenue, Guilderland, New York on January 23, 2013;
  • Chase Bank, 4425 East Genesee Street, Dewitt, New York on January 28, 2013;
  • Trustco Bank, 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland, New York on February 13, 2013;
  • Bank of America, 638 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, Massachusetts on February 25, 2013; and
  • M&T Bank, 5170 West Taft Road, Syracuse, New York on March 4, 2013.

In addition, the papers filed with the court link Ferrone to a robbery of the Alliance Bank at 142 Genesee Street in the City of Oneida on January 3, 2013.

Both men appeared before a United States Judge and were ordered held without bail. Detention hearings for both are scheduled for March 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Syracuse. Authorities say bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of twenty years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 for each count.

The investigation included multiple agencies, including participation by the Dewitt Police Department, the New York State Police, the Guilderland Police Department, the Oneida Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, Chicopee, Massachusetts Police Department, Schenectady Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by AUSA Edward R. Broton.

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