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Bank robbery-style tactic used at Cortlandville department sore

Dimitriy S. Bindas / Cortland County Sheriff's Office

When a suspect is accused of passing a note, demanding cash - the crime has most often been committed at a bank. That was not the case Tuesday, Cortland Sheriff's investigators say.

Members of the Cortland County Sheriffs’ Office responded to the JCPenney store in Cortlandville for a reported attempted robbery.

In a prepared news release investigators say, "The suspect passed a note to a clerk in the store demanding money. A weapon was mentioned, however none was displayed. No money was obtained by the suspect and no one was injured."

Later, other agencies including New York State Police, Dryden Police and the Tompkins Cortland Community College Police joined in the search for the suspect.

Dimitriy S. Bindas, 23, of Dryden was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and attempted grand larceny.

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