Police Look for Suspects in Rash of Holiday Bank Robberies

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) -- The holiday season started with a robbery at the Citizens Bank on Sheridan Drive Christmas eve. Customers there watched as a thief armed with a gun demanded cash. Ken Inwood is a bank customer. "He came up behind, a Christmas robbery, mask over him bag in this hands, gun pulled out. Let's do this. So I knew he was serious, this wasn't play. He kept his finger on the gun at all times."
When the suspect fled, a customer pulled out his own gun and fired half a dozen shots at the suspect. "6 bullets flew," Inwood told us, "I didn't know what direction they flew, and my kids were in the car."
On New Year's Eve, two M&T banks were hit. Witnesses told police a woman who may have been wearing 2011 "new years glasses" robbed the bank inside Broadway Market. 15 minutes later, a bank on the 3-thousand block of Bailey near Kensington were both held up just 15 minutes apart.
Monday, Corfu Elementary School was placed on lockdown after an unarmed suspect held up the M&T bank.
Just a day later, police in Amherst are looking for a man who held up the M&T bank in the University Plaza. The suspect got away in a dark green Pontiac Bonneville. He is described as about 30 years old five foot nine inches tall and 170 pounds. Police believe he may have robbed this same branch before.
Genesee County Undersheriff Bill Sharon says there is no evidence that the robbery in Corfu was connected to the Amherst robbery or the two robberies in Buffalo Friday.
No one was injured in any of the robberies. If you have any information you are asked to contact your local police department.