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January 1, 2013

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Stephenson, 33, had used a similar approach when he robbed a Chase Bank in Brooklyn in April last year. The teller handed over about $8,930 in large bills before he left the bank, leaving the note — with his fingerprints — behind.

Authorities confirmed his identity through the Plattsburgh City Police Department, as he had been arrested in March 2006 in Plattsburgh, charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.

Stephenson pleaded guilty to nine charges related to the Chase Bank heist.

State Police said recently the local investigation was still ongoing, and they could not release the amount of money Stephenson stole from NBT.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg

WALGREENS ROBBED

Eight days after the bank robbery and just a short distance down Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt robbed Walgreens, absconding with nearly $30,000 worth of prescription drugs.

“We recovered significant evidence identifying the suspect, and we’re working with both New Hampshire and Vermont authorities and expect to make an arrest in the near future,” Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Pat Rascoe said in a recent interview.

Police used a surveillance tape from the drugstore to get a description of the suspect, who fled with OxyContin and Oxycodone after giving a note to the pharmacist that said he was armed with a knife, authorities said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Plattsburgh State University Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol worked together in their search for the thief. They checked businesses close to Walgreens and questioned potential witnesses.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg

CHATEAUGAY MAN KILLED BY SON

A search began in July for Dale Jarvis Sr., 48, of Chateaugay, who had not been seen for five months.

The last person in contact with him was his son, Dale Jr., 24, known as D.J., who told relatives his dad left his keys, wallet and forms of ID behind before leaving with a man who showed up at 14 White St. about midnight on Feb. 22.

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