Albany man sentenced to prison in bank robbery case

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A 45-year-old Albany man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery.

Don-Lee Grayson was sentenced to 10 years in State Prison after he was found guilty of one count of felony robbery.

On July 16, 2012, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:19 a.m., at the Key Bank at 561 New Scotland Avenue, in Albany, Grayson displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from a bank teller. Police say he left the bank with an envelope containing a sum of US Currency and a dye pack that the teller had slipped into the envelope.

Shortly after leaving the bank, the dye pack exploded. He then went to a different bank and attempted to trade in the stained money, which the bank refused. The bank provided law enforcement with video surveillance footage of the incident.

Grayson then attempted to pay his rent with the stained currency, which was also not accepted by the landlord’s bank. The landlord then turned the money over to the Colonie Police Department and a subsequent advisory was filed.

Ultimately, analysis of video surveillance footage from the banks led to the capture of Grayson.

“Our thanks goes out to the Albany Police Department, the Colonie Police Department, the staff at the Albany Crime Analysis Center, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for building this case. Along with the multiple bank tellers that assisted in building this case, these members of law enforcement working together was ultimately what brought this fugitive to justice,” commented DA Soares.

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