ALBION – A serial bank robbery suspect was captured Tuesday after a customer followed him from a holdup, police said.
A robbery was reported shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Bank of America, 156 S. Main St., where a masked man threatened a clerk with what appeared to be an explosive device, village police said.
While the robbery was in progress, a bank employee signaled a drive-thru customer, who got out of his car and approached the bank’s main entrance. As the robber left the bank with $18,000 in cash, he confronted and threatened the customer, who followed him and saw him enter a vehicle driven by another person.
Albion police alerted surrounding law enforcement agencies, and the getaway car was spotted by Holley police.
Officers stopped the car in an apartment complex, where the two were taken into custody and turned over to police.
Jeremy J. Rothmund, 29, was identified as the man who had entered the bank. Police said the getaway car driver was Elyse A. Huffer, 22, who gave the same Rochester address as Rothmund.
Rothmund was involved in two recent bank robberies in the Town of Greece, police said, as well as a third elsewhere in Monroe County.
Both he and Huffer were charged Tuesday with felony counts of robbery, grand larceny and placing a false bomb or hazardous substance. The money was recovered, and the device was a fake, police said.
Following arraignment in Albion Town Court, Rothmund and Huffer were sent to Orleans County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail each.