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FBI: Alaska murder suspect robbed northern NY bank

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 1:03am

ALBANY, N.Y. — Authorities say a man who committed suicide in an Alaska jail after confessing to a string of killings also robbed a bank in New York’s Adirondacks, where he owned land and investigators have found one of his murder weapons.

An FBI spokesman in Albany says 34-year-old Israel Keyes told authorities the Community Bank branch in Tupper Lake was one of several he held up to pay for his travel.

State Police Capt. Robert LaFountain says Tuesday the robber threatened people with a handgun. Nobody was hurt during the April 2009 holdup.

Keyes was being held for killing an 18-year-old Anchorage barista when he told authorities about the other crimes, including killing a Vermont couple in 2011. The FBI says a gun used in that crime was found in a reservoir about 30 miles from his property in Constable.

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