By Mark Gerlach
TOWN OF NEWBURGH – A pair of men entered Sterling Bank on Route 300 demanding money Wednesday. However, what they received was a ride in the back of a cop car.
Bronx residents Darren Thompson, 33, and Erik Olin, 25, entered the bank at around 3:45 p.m. and demanded money, according to a bulletin from Newburgh Town Police Chief Michael Clancy. The suspects weren’t armed, and no bank employees or customers were hurt, Clancy said.
The men stole several thousand dollars, and fled into a small, blue car driven by 72-year-old Effort, Penn. resident Marvin Allen. Allen drove south on Route 300, and onto the New York State Thruway, police said.
Police were able to stop the vehicle about three miles south of the tollbooth, and the driver was apprehended. However, two suspects fled on foot to the area of Route 94 and Riley Road. They were eventually caught by police after a “massive search involving multiple law enforcement agencies,” Clancy said.
The New Windsor Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, City of Newburgh Police Department, state police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Orange County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies took part in the search effort.
All three men were charged with robbery and grand larceny, and were held at the Town of Newburgh Police Department until they were arraigned Thursday morning.
Thompson was previously convicted of robbing a Bank of America on Route 300 in 2008.