Posted at: 09/03/2013 11:42 PM
| Updated at: 09/04/2013 10:45 AM
By: Jessica Layton
BETHLEHEM - A bank robbery suspect accused of skipping town for South Carolina to avoid arrest was back home in the Capital Region and arraigned on charges in Bethlehem Town Court.
Victor Shear had a short face-to-face meeting with Judge Ryan Donovan. In the brief conversation, Shear told the court he doesn't have a job.
It may shed light on why the 45-year-old allegedly held up the Trustco Bank on New Scotland Road in Slingerlands on Aug. 21. Police say on that Wednesday morning the Montgomery County man flashed a gun and demanded cash while disguised as a construction worker.
Soon he'll be dressed as an inmate. But it wasn't soon enough for police. They say after the gunpoint robbery, Anthony Zumbolo sent Shear a text message, warning his friend police were on their way to his house to arrest him. Authorities suspect that prompted Shear to take off to South Carolina.
He was captured last week and brought back to Bethlehem Tuesday, rounding out the trip with a not guilty plea in town court -- adding "thank you, your honor" on the way out.
When asked if he's guilty of a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon, Shearsaid, "We'll find out."
The case will head to Albany County Court Wednesday.
Police aren't yet saying how they captured Shear in South Carolina.
Shear is in the Albany County Jail without bail.