Rochester Man Sentenced Following Falconer Bank Robbery

BUFFALO – A man who robbed a Jamestown Savings Bank in 2012 will spend the foreseeable future behind bars.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Monday that Robert Stevenson, 59, of Rochester, who was convicted of bank robbery, was sentenced to 132 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

The defendant was also ordered to pay $16,425 in restitution.

Stevenson robbed the Jamestown Savings Bank at 210 W. Main St. in Falconer on the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2012, when he showed the teller a note demanding money but did not display a weapon.

This was the last in a string of robberies for Stevenson.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, on June 11, 2012, the defendant entered the First Niagara Bank at 2853 Delaware Ave., in Kenmore, approached a teller station and handed the teller a note which stated, “100.00 and 50.00.” Stevenson then tapped on his waistband and made a noise and gesture suggesting that he had a weapon under his shirt.

The defendant also robbed a Citizens Bank in Irondequoit, an HSBC Bank in Syracuse, an Adirondack Bank in Utica and a Bank of America in New Hartford. All of these robberies took place in 2012.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Irondequoit Police Department, under the direction of Chief Richard Tantalo, the Syracuse Police Department, under the direction of Chief Frank Fowler, the Utica Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Williams, the New Hartford Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Inserra, the Kenmore Police Department, under the direction of Chief Peter Breitnauer, the Town of Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Ohnmeiss Jr., and the Albany Office of the Federal bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew Vale.