Although village police in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake are not in charge of the investigation, Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said both agencies are doing everything they can to help state police.
"We're just doing our job and trying to make things as easy as possible," Nason said. "Robberies like this may become more common as the economy gets worse."
A bank surveillance photo of the suspect has been circulated widely throughout the Tri-Lakes, and was made available to employees at Sunmount shortly after the incident occurred. Facilities at Sunmount were put on temporary lockdown shortly after the robbery, but returned to normal by days-end Friday.
LaFountain said canine units have been brought in; an effort he said may give the police a clue as to where the suspect fled. Police did make mention of several robberies that occurred in St. Lawrence County in recent months, but would not say if they appeared to be connected.
LaFountain urged residents to exercise caution in the event the suspect resurfaced.
"As always, we tell people not to take any action on their own," he said. "If someone sees or hears anything, they must contact authorities immediately and be cautious."
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