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Liverpool man in custody after attempted credit union robbery in Ilion

By WKTV News

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Liverpool man is in custody after an attempted robbery at the GPO Federal Credit Union in Central Plaza in Ilion on Monday morning.

The financial institution was closed and roped off with police tape shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, as police investigators from the Ilion Police Department secured the area. Aiding Ilion Police at the scene were the Mohawk Police Department, Herkimer Police Department, Frankfort Police Department, Herkimer County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police.

According to Ilion Police, around 8:35 a.m., officers arrived on the scene to a report of a robbery in progress inside the Credit Union.

No weapon was used in the robbery attempt, but authorities said that the man handed a bank teller a note demanding money.

Once on scene, police officers learned that a customer inside the bank was attempting to restrain the suspect, identified as Paul A. Comforti, 33, of Liverpool. Police quickly took Comforti into custody and charged him with third-degree robbery.

He was arraigned and sent to the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash / $50,000 bond.

Witnesses at a nearby business said they had seen a man drive up into the Central Plaza shopping center parking lot drinking a beer shortly before the attempted robbery went down. Those witnesses say the man got out of the car, pouring the remainder of his beer on to the ground and then was seen "giggling and talking to himself" as he made his way to the Credit Union.

The man's car was later towed from the scene following the robbery.

Ilion Police said that suspect Paul Comforti did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

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