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December 6, 2012

FBI: Serial killer robbed Tupper bank in 2009

TUPPER LAKE — It was serial killer Israel Keyes who robbed the Community Bank here in April three years ago.

The truth about the robber and his crime, committed at gunpoint, emerged this week amid details Keyes provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an unfolding sequence of horrendous crime stretching back nearly a decade.

Keyes had confessed to abducting and killing 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in Alaska last February and told authorities where to find her remains in a frozen Alaskan lake.

He also admitted kidnapping and killing Essex Junction, Vt., couple Bill and Lorraine Currier in June 2011.

FBI investigators drew piecemeal confessions as the killer was awaiting trial for Koenig’s murder. 

Keyes, 34, was found dead of apparent suicide in an Alaskan jail cell last Sunday.

Pieces are still being put together in what may unearth another grave in New York and solve at least five other missing-person or homicide cases. 

Connections to this region are still coming to light.

On April 13 three years ago, Keyes walked into the small branch office of the Community Bank on Hosely Avenue and Park Street in Tupper Lake, and, brandishing a gun, demanded cash while ordering tellers to lie on the floor.

The robbery was never solved despite widespread distribution of a security-camera snapshot showing a thief’s face hidden under a fake mustache.

Keyes told the FBI he robbed banks to fund his travels and buy supplies.

He had, apparently, been in and out of the area before and owned property and a weather-beaten house in Constable.

The grounds there were searched last October in connection with Keyes’s confessions.

The gun and silencer he stole during the Currier abduction and murder was found in the Parishville Reservoir, according to the FBI.

At a news conference in Alaska earlier this week, the FBI told the Anchorage Daily News that Keyes had hidden stashes of weapons and items used to get rid of the bodies of those he murdered. One of the caches was located at Blake Falls Reservoir in St. Lawrence County, about 34 miles north of Tupper Lake

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