UPDATE 1/3/22:

As City of Oneonta police investigators continue to look for the man responsible for robbing the NBT Bank on the corner of Wall St. and Chestnut St., some new information has been released. Police believe that the clothing worn by the suspect in the robbery has been found discarded in a dumpster on Elm St. in Oneonta. Police continue to ask for public assistance in this case and for those with any information, reach out to the Oneonta Police Department Detectives Division at 607-432-1111.

UPDATE 12/30/21:

Photos from video footage at NBT Bank during the bank robbery that took place on Wednesday morning have been released, in the hopes that the public can help in identifying the man involved.

Police now say that the bank robber had an accomplice who drove him to the bank and then picked him up after the robbery. That car is described as "a small, four-door sedan, possibly red in color with New York State blue and gold plates". That vehicle was seen parked in the Wall Street municipal lot during the robbery.

Below are photos of the man who robbed the bank:

NBT Bank Robber suspect (Credit: City of Oneonta)
NBT Bank Robber suspect (Credit: City of Oneonta)
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NBT Bank Robber suspect (Credit: City of Oneonta)
NBT Bank Robber suspect (Credit: City of Oneonta)
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In addition, police ask that if someone has surveillance cameras in the Main Street area that may have captured video of traffic on Main Street from a time period of 10:40 am to 11:10 am, they are asked to contact the Oneonta Police Detective Division at 607-432-1111.

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12/30/21

As I was working away in my studio yesterday at 11:00 am, unbeknownst to me or probably anyone other than those directly involved, a robbery was taking place only feet away at the NBT Bank on the corner of Wall St. and Chestnut St. in Oneonta, NY.

No one would have known anything was going on since there were no police sirens blaring away, indicating that something big was happening. It wasn't until after 12:00 pm that I discovered a man had walked into that NBT Bank branch, approached a bank teller, and demanded cash.

The bank teller cooperated and handed over an unknown amount of cash and then that man waltzed right out of the bank via the front door.

According to the City of Oneonta Police Department, the man is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and around 220 to 250 lbs. (described as having a heavy build) and was wearing "a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants. After he exited the bank, he headed east on Wall St.

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It should be noted that there was no mention in the police report of a weapon of any kind involved in the robbery.

At the time of this posting, there has been no announcement of an arrest in this case and the investigation continues. Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward with information by calling 607-432-1111.

The last time there was a bank robbery in Otsego County, in this case an attempt, was back on March 22, 2021 in Cherry Valley at the NBT Bank branch. Learn more about that case here.

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2021 Oneonta Festival of Lights

This is a collection of photos taken of the holiday light displays created by community members and businesses in the Oneonta region for the 2021 "Festival of Lights" from First Night Oneonta with the help of sponsors.