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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Grand Jury Indicts Rochester Man On Bank Robbery Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns   
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Christopher M. Mancuso, 50, of Rochester, NY, with bank robbery and entering a bank with intent to commit a larceny. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn M. Hartford, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on December 22, 2021, co-defendant Robert D. Postlethwaite, entered the M&T Bank on Long Pond Road in Greece, NY, approached a commercial teller station, and passed a demand note which read something to the effect of, “Don’t be alarmed. This is a robbery. Put bills $50 and up in the paper. I’ll be gone in 30 seconds.” After receiving $977, Postlethwaite fled the bank and got into the passenger seat of a red truck. The following evening, on December 23, 2021, the red truck was located by law enforcement with two occupants in Rochester. The driver was identified as Mancuso, and the passenger was identified as Postlethwaite. The defendants were taken into custody. On December 28, 2021, Greece Police executed a search warrant on the red truck and recovered $120 in cash, clothing consistent with descriptions of the two defendants, and two cell phones. Mancuso had just been released from Federal Probation supervision after being convicted of robbing four banks between November 2012 and January 2014, including the M&T Long Pond Road branch.

Robert Postlethwaite was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Wood, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Jeremy Bell, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian J. Ratajczak, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty.  

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated October 13, 2022