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Two Men Arrested For July M&T Bank Robbery

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

Rome, NY (WIBX) – Several local and federal agencies, including the FBI, worked together to arrest and charge two Syracuse men for a series of bank robberies, including one at the M&T Bank, in Rome.

Between June and August, Brandon Rothenburgh and James Nicholson, both 34 years old, allegedly robbed four banks in the towns of Gates, Auburn and Rome, including one bank twice.

Among the banks were the:

-First Niagara Bank in Gates, NY (June 18 and August 7)
-Citizens Bank in Gates, NY (July 12)
-M&T Bank in Rome, NY (July 24)
-Bank of America in Auburn, NY (August 30)

According to authorities, the men would wear disguises and rubber gloves into each bank, before jumping over the teller counter and demanding money.

The men were arrested by federal authorities in late September, and each charged with five counts of robbery.

Rothenburgh has already pleaded guilty to all five robberies and faces up to 188 months in jail, a $250,000 fine and nearly $95,000 in restitution. He also agreed to forfeit cash and a Cadillac he had bought with the stolen money.

Nicholson’s case is still pending.

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