UPDATED–Utica man arrested after two-hour crime spree

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May Have Robbed Two Downtown Banks

UTICA–Police have arrested a man alleged to have robbed two banks, and attempted to rob a grocery store along Genesee Street.

Kevin V. Byng, 59, faces one court of third-degree robbery , and one count of third-degree attempted robbery; both are felonies.

The one-man-crime wave took place over a two hour time span beginning late Friday morning.

Before noon, police were called to the M&T Bank on Genesee Street was robbed. A white male in his 20s or 30s fled the scene on a bike. He was said to have left heading south on Genesee Street. Police believe that the bike used in that robbery was found behind the 258 Building on Genesee Street.

At 12:56PM, police were called to the Price Chopper on Genesee Street in South Utica. There was an attempted robbery at that location. While investigating that incident there was a call of another bank robbery downtown, at the Key Bank on the corner of Genesee Street and Hopper Street. The robber reportedly got some money from the Key Bank job.

Not long after the robbery at Key Bank was reported, Byng was taken into custody near the intersection of State and Aiken Street.

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