05/29/14 5:22pm
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Surveillance footage released of the robbery suspect prior to Robert Santoro’s arrest. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Just over two months after pleading not guilty to robbing the Capital One bank in downtown Riverhead, Robert Santoro changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday to charges of third-degree robbery and petty larceny.

Mr. Santoro robbed the East Main Street bank on March 26, handing the teller a note “indicating that he had a gun,” assistant district attorney James O’Rourke said at the 46-year-old’s arraignment.

The note demanded “100s, 50s, 20s, and 10s” and said he had a gun, but that he didn’t want to use it because he didn’t want to hurt anyone, according to court documents.

Mr. Santoro fled the scene on foot after the robbery, police said at the time, and was later caught at the Budget Host Inn in Riverside with cash in his car. After his arraignment, he was held on $300,000 cash bail.

He is due to be sentenced on June 27.

The top charge for third-degree robbery is 1 to 15 years, according to state penal code regulations.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Mr. Santoro had pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery.

03/27/14 3:37pm
03/27/2014 3:37 PM
(Credit: Riverhead Town police)

(Credit: Riverhead Town police)

A Riverhead man accused of robbing a downtown bank recently was arraigned on Thursday afternoon and remains held on a lowered bail in Suffolk County Court, while his wife was on hand to support him.

Robert Santoro, 46, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony robbery and misdemeanor petit larceny. 

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03/15/14 8:30am
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(Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Update, Saturday: Riverhead Police arrested a 46-year-old Riverhead man in connection with Friday afternoon’s bank robbery at Capital One on East Main Street. Robert J. Santoro was charged with first-degree robbery after being found at the Budget Host Inn, police said.

Mr. Santoro allegedly handed the teller a note declaring a robbery and demanded money while threatening the use of a gun, police said. Mr. Santoro fled on foot. He was arrested without incident, transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

Update: Police have released surveillance photos of the man they say robbed the Capital One Bank on East Main Street Friday afternoon.

The man — described by police as white, between 35 and 45 years old, approximately 180 pounds and 5’11” tall — was wearing glasses, and had  short hair with slight facial hair, according to police. The suspect was wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and a black hooded “Carhartt” brand jacket.

Police say the man fled the scene of the robbery in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may be able to identify this suspect is encouraged to call Riverhead police detectives at (631) 727-4500. All calls will remain confidential.

A Riverhead Police car at the East Main Street Capital One bank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead Police car at the East Main Street Capital One bank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Original Story: Riverhead Town and New York State Police are investigating the robbery of an East Main Street bank Friday afternoon.

Police were called down to the Capital One Bank about 3:40 p.m., said Lt. David Lessard.

According to police, a white man in a dark sweatshirt, in his late 20s to early 30s, gave a note to a teller demanding money. He reportedly left with an undetermined amount of cash.

A state police K-9 unit was on scene, and no arrests have been made.

Lt. Lessard said it appears that no weapon was used in the robbery and no one was injured in the incident. No additional information about the robbery was available.