A suspect in the robbery of a bank on Binghamton's West Side was in custody just over five minutes after the heist occurred.

Authorities say a man entered the Peoples Security Bank & Trust office at 273 Main Street shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday when an employee went outside to pick up some mail. The bank was closed to the public but the suspect entered through an unlocked door.

A worker gave the man some cash after he demanded money. No weapon was displayed.

A bank employee recognized the robber and police found him a few blocks away at his residence on Hazel Street in the First Ward.

Police say 28-year-old Joshua Covey has been charged with third-degree robbery.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Covey's home and found the money believed to have been taken in the incident.

An Endicott police canine unit assisted city police in the robbery investigation.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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