Man admits to robbing Windham bank in October

Greene County District Attorney’s Office Press Release

On November 16, 2018, the defendant, Gary Pett, was convicted of Robbery in the 2nd Degree, a Class C Felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 8, 2019 at which time it is expected he will be sentenced to a term of no less than 13 years in State Prison.

At the time of his conviction, Mr. Pett admitted that on October 18, 2018 he entered the NBT Bank of Windham where he displayed what appeared to be a pistol and stole a substantial sum of money. Pett wore a face mask, goggles and gloves to disguise his appearance. Nonetheless, Pett was arrested after an intense investigation conducted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and New York City Department of Environmental Protection with assistance from Greene County 911 Dispatchers, Herkimer County 911 Dispatchers, bank employees, an off-duty firefighter and concerned citizens.

The bulk of the stolen money was recovered and Pett was apprehended in less than 24 hours.


Original press release from October:

Ilion, NY man arrested for Robbery 1st Degree


Major Pierce V. GallagherTroop F Commander


On October 18, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. police were called to the NBT bank on Route 296 in Windham for a reported armed robbery. The State Police, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Windham Town Police all responded to the scene. It was determined that a lone subject armed with a handgun entered the NBT Bank and forcibly stole U.S. currency. The subject fled the bank operating a tan 4 door Chevrolet Impala.

A command post was established at The Windham Fire Dept and police tracked the vehicle through the towns of Ashland and Prattsville, then Delaware County, Schoharie County and eventually to Herkimer County. A description of the subject and the vehicle had been disseminated to all law enforcement agencies in the state and at about 9:30 p.m, the vehicle and subject were observed in the city of Little Falls.

As a result of the combined efforts of all the agencies involved, Gary J. Pett, age 42 of Ilion, N.Y. was taken into custody. State Police recovered proceeds from the Robbery. Pett was charged with Robbery 1st degree (a class B Felony). He was arraigned before Town Justice Sirago, Town of Cairo Court and was committed to the Greene County Jail with no bail.

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