Man arrested after officer-involved shooting charged for allegedly robbing bank

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An Albany man is facing charges related to a bank robbery that occurred on State Street.

According to police, Thomas Smith entered the First Niagara Bank on State Street around 1 p.m. Monday. While inside, he allegedly passed a note to the teller implying he had a weapon and demanded cash. The teller complied, and Smith fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, police observed Smith inside a vehicle on the 200-block of Green Street and attempted to take the 53-year-old into custody for the bank robbery.

Police said Smith then placed his vehicle into reverse and backed up toward the detectives. An officer fired a single round from his service weapon into the vehicle, according to officials.

No one was shot or injured in the incident. Smith was taken into custody. The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation.

Smith was charged with one count of Robbery in the Third Degree. He was arraigned and sent to the Albany County jail.

Smith remains under investigation for similar bank robberies in the Albany and more charges are forthcoming.

Smith has been reported on before. A story of him reportedly being fired from the East Greenbush Walmart for stealing and cashing in empty and abandoned cans gained national attention.

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