NIAGARA FALLS – An 18-year-old is in custody in Niagara Falls following his arrest on pair of M&T bank branch robberies, just two days apart at the end of August.
Michael D. Bland, of Northland Avenue, was arraigned in Niagara Falls City Court last week Wednesday on charges of first-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny. He was remanded to Niagara County Jail without bail and a pretrial date was set for Friday.
Bland had allegedly robbed an M&T Bank Branch at 1300 Jefferson Ave. in Buffalo at 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 21 and then at 12:40 p.m. on Aug. 23, he allegedly went into an M&T branch at Main Street and Cedar Avenue in the Falls and robbed that bank. In both cases he had reportedly handed the teller a note and demanded cash.
Niagara Falls police detectives worked with the FBI in charging Bland in the Falls robbery after he was arrested in the Buffalo case. Falls police said they had good security photos to helped make the case.
Niagara Falls Det. Lt. Michael Trane said Bland admitted his guilt after he was confronted with security video from the Main Street and Cedar Avenue robbery.