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Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 11:02 am

GENEVA — As of this morning, city police were still looking for the man who robbed the Community Bank on Seneca Street Tuesday afternoon.

Geneva Police Department Lt. Eric Heieck said the bank reported the robbery at 2:45 p.m. Police were at the scene less than a minute later.

The robber had left the bank by then, but people who were walking on Seneca Street at the time reported a man running up the street and then going into what is known as “Seneca Alley” near the Ontario County satellite office and Department of Motor Vehicles.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male in his early 20s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a gray or blue sweatshirt with writing on the front and back, jeans, a gray or tan hat with a design in the center, and dark, aviator-style sunglasses. He was last seen running through the area of South Main Street and Pulteney Park.

Heieck said police immediately cordoned off the area, brought in a K-9 unit from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department and interviewed people who may have seen the suspect.

“Right now we’re working with several homeowners on South Main Street who put video cameras on their buildings,” Heieck said. “We’re also utilizing city video cameras on Seneca Street and Exchange Street.”

This morning, police interviewed more neighborhood residents and business owners.

Heieck added that a new phone and email emergency alert system used by police, “Blackboard Connect,” generated a number of phone calls in the case. The notification system went out to 6,000 contact numbers or emails in the area where the suspect was or believed to be heading.

“The public was instrumental in getting that information and calling us with tips,” Heieck said. “We worked through the night on this after getting many tips from the public.”

Heieck said the suspect told a bank teller he had a weapon but did not display one. Heieck did not disclose the amount of money taken.

“The bank staff was instrumental in giving up a good description of the suspect,” Heieck said. “They did what they were supposed to in that situation.”

Heieck said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Geneva PD at 789-1111 or 828-6784.

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