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Posted: 6/18/2009 8:24:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/18/2009 1:18:53 PM EST by jcrone2]
I did a FTF today with someone and on the way back my friend and I began to see SEVERAL...probably around 16 state trooper vehicles with officers on the side of the highway scattered about every 100-200 yards. The officers seemed to have their attention facing the farmland away from the road. Several of them were toting long guns So now we really think something is going down

My friends step brother is a detective who was on duty so we called him and he said there was a federal prison and an immigration holding center in that area so perhaps someone had escaped. While he was on the phone with his BIL 3 immigration vehicles and 8 more trooper vehicles. We spoke to his BIL again in about 15 minutes and he said a robbery had occurred. Two males one who after robbing the bank had exited. thats all I know right now

We were going to stop by and try to help with my newly acquired equipment but I figured that wasn't such a good idea

Zoarboy - 2 of the 3 are in custody now.



A chaotic, tense scene unfolded across three towns this morning as scores of police officers, dogs and helicopters frantically searched for three armed men who robbed a bank in Elba.

Two of the men were in custody within an hour after the 10 a.m. robbery. A third was sought northeast of Z & M Ag and Turf, the former Goodrich Farm Supply, at Lewiston and Townline roads in Oakfield. He was apprehended about 2:42 p.m. at Route 63 and Galloway Roads, police said.

Police were notified of the robbery when a person called emergency dispatchers from a cellular phone at M & T Bank in Elba and said “Oh my God we’re being robbed.”

Patrols from throughout the county raced to the bank, then gave chase as the suspect’s vehicle description was broadcast.

The vehicle, a black Chevrolet Trailblazer, was abandoned in a muddy field off Lewiston Road, near the farm supply business.

One of the suspects was captured within minutes.

Police converged on the area, and city of Batavia police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers, guns drawn, surrounded a woodlot behind 8044 Lewiston Rd., where a second suspect ran.

A state police helicopter arrived and hovered over the woodlot as police moved in and out of the thick underbrush.

Dozens of officers, guns trained on the woodlot, hid behind trees, cars and houses.

Gawkers, driving along Lewiston Road, slowed their cars. The road was not closed, despite an incredible amount of traffic. At least one accident was witnessed as a woman drove her small pickup truck into the rear of another truck directly in front of 8044 Lewiston.

About 11 a.m. police escorted a man from the woods. He had shed all his clothes except his underwear and footwear, presumably, police said, to avoid detection by K-9 units.

He was whisked away in a state police patrol car.

With two in custody police concentrated on the vast area behind Z & M. Two helicopters searched the area, including one with an infrared device to detect body heat from the fields and woods below.

In Elba, investigators secured the bank and interviewed witnesses.

Elba, Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution. The remainder of Genesee County schools also were placed on lockdown by the state police.

Most students had half-days and were kept in school unless their parents picked them up. Schools were notified shortly after 1 p.m. that students could be released.

Fisher Road in Oakfield was closed during the search but the New York State Thruway remained open. Two troopers parked on the Thruway east of Lewiston Road scanned the fields.

Several K-9 units from Troop A stations throughout Western New York were called to assist in the search for the third suspect.

Dozens of high-ranking officers from the Sheriff’s Department and state police stationed themselves at Z & M and a crew from Batavia Salvation Army was called to respond to the area to provide food and drinks.

Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:28:33 AM EST
I heard on the radio that the Troopers were looking for bank robbers that knocked over a bank in Elba.

2 of the 3 are in custody now.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:31:13 AM EST
Sounds like someone didn't put enough homework into their getaway.
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:32:10 AM EST
Your writing ability gives me a headache!
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:34:27 AM EST
I've had the "FTF roll up" a few times.

Doing a (perfectly legal of course!) FTF in a nice parking lot.
..... 1 cop car, then 2 then 5,
ohhhhhh sh#t I need a lawyer don't I ?!

Then of course its just a bunch of cops going for lunch whereever I'm at
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:35:01 AM EST
They won't get far, it is very open land out there in Batavia, rural area, especially if they are illegals in a beat up jallopy truck running around with expired tags.

About 20 minutes from my house.

Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:41:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/18/2009 8:44:19 AM EST by jcrone2]
Originally Posted By LuvBUSHmaster:
They won't get far, it is very open land out there in Batavia, rural area, especially if they are illegals in a beat up jallopy truck running around with expired tags.

About 20 minutes from my house.

Let's go out there and help them!!

Originally Posted By Beerbellybo:
Your writing ability gives me a headache!

I was in a hurry. Let me assure you I am more than capable of writing properly
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 8:44:49 AM EST
The bank is actually a mile from my home. Dad teaches at the school right down the street. They went into lockdown, as did the schools from the surrounding towns. Apparently, the three males who robbed the bank were from Buffalo, but when they made their getaway, they got stuck in a field a took off on foot. The troopers and surrounding counties have their helicopters up. The third guy who they haven't caught won't stay free very long. Either they catch him, or he'll get eaten by a coyote tonight... or best case scenario, he wanders into the swamp and finds a rattlesnake

They're saying a gun was brandished during the robbery. No word on how much money they may have made off with.

Too bad I'm not home today. I'm stuck at the border in Niagara Falls.

Link Posted: 6/18/2009 11:23:57 AM EST
Any updates?

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