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Suspect named in NBT bank robbery

New York State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Oneil O. Stephenson, 33, who is wanted for robbery in the 3rd degree in connection with the July 2 robbery at NBT Bank, located at 482 Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh. Stephenson has used the alias Philippe Francois.
Stephenson is black and heavyset with various tattoos, including one on his right forearm with the word “FLATBUSH” in large letters. Another tattoo on his right shoulder and upper arm features a teddy bear, the faces of two women and cursive writing.
Anyone with information on Stephenson should contact New York State Police at 563-3761.

New York State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Oneil O. Stephenson, 33, who is wanted for robbery in the 3rd degree in connection with the July 2 robbery at NBT Bank, located at 482 Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh. Stephenson has used the alias Philippe Francois. Stephenson is black and heavyset with various tattoos, including one on his right forearm with the word “FLATBUSH” in large letters. Another tattoo on his right shoulder and upper arm features a teddy bear, the faces of two women and cursive writing. Anyone with information on Stephenson should contact New York State Police at 563-3761.

— Police did not release the amount of money taken.

NBT Bancorp offered a reward of as much as $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the robbery.

Police have not ruled out accomplices.

“We have identified one person (Stephenson) involved in the robbery, and part of the investigation now is locating that person,” said Davison. “There are still a lot of leads that have to be covered.”

Stephenson has a criminal background.

In August 2006, when he was 27, he pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Stephenson was incarcerated from November of 2006 and released a little more than a year later.

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