- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CLAY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 29-year-old man charged with robbing a Syracuse-area bank was the same person who robbed a nearby gas station eight hours earlier.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says the first robbery occurred around 3:30 a.m. Monday at a gas station-convenience store in the town of Clay, just north of Syracuse.

Deputies say a man demanded a pack of cigarettes and money from the clerk before fleeing from the store.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., deputies were called to a First Niagara Bank branch where a man had fled with an undisclosed amount of money after handing a note to a teller demanding cash. Police say a check of the bank’s security camera’s confirmed the suspect was the same man who robbed the gas station.

A Lysander man was later charged him with robbery and grand larceny.

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