Skip to main content

Batavia man held as suspect in two Rochester bank robberies

By Howard B. Owens
Sep 19, 2013, 9:26pm
A bank survalliance photo released to the media following the alleged Oct. 24 bank robbery. There is no mug shot available of Frank L. Schiavi.

A 28-year-old Batavia man is sitting in the Monroe County Jail awaiting further court proceedings on a pair of third degree robbery charges.

Frank L. Schiavi was originally arraigned in Monroe County Court on the two-count indictment against him July 3. He was picked up by U.S. Marshals last week with the assistance of Batavia PD and the Sheriff's Office for allegedly missing a court date.

He is now being held on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.

Schiavi is accused of twice robbing a First Niagara Bank location at 532 Chili Ave., Rochester, on Oct. 24 and again on Feb. 6.

Sgt. Elena Correia, public information officer for RPD, said Schiavi allegedly put a mask over his face just prior to entering the bank and once inside he robbed the bank.

In both cases, the suspect fled and RPD conducted an extensive search of the area and no arrest was made.

Although bank employees were able to see the suspect's face in both robberies and the public was alerted to the suspect information through media releases, RPD investigators were unable to develop any concrete leads.

That led investigators to believe the suspect was not from Monroe County.

On the same day as the second robbery, Batavia PD received a report from a concerned citizen about a suspicious person in the area.

Batavia PD and the FBI followed up on the information and obtained a photograph of the suspicious person.

The photo was used to help identify Schiavi as the robbery suspect.

There was apparently no public announcement of Schiavi's arrest at the time. The Batavian learned about the case from a Batavia resident who also claimed knowledge of related law enforcement activity.

The source said there was a subject arrested Monday at an address on Jackson Street. While neighbors said they saw members law enforcement at that address Monday and one neighbor said he saw a man in handcuffs, a check with the Sheriff's Office, Batavia PD and the FBI turned up no record of law enforcement activity at that address on that day. The U.S. Marshal's Office did not return our phone calls, but the U.S. Attorney's Office for WNY also found no records of federal law enforcement activity at that address.

The source also claimed federal law enforcement was looking for a subject who has left the state. While coworkers of a person this subject is believed to be traveling with said that people they believed to be federal agents came looking for the the peson, no agency contacted by The Batavian has any knowledge, they say, of who the person is, and they say he is not the subject of an investigation and they are not actively trying to find him.

It's unknown at this time how much money may have been taken from the banks. 

Gary Spencer

Well, that's kinda odd ~ I read his facebook page and he has "my thought for the day" yesterday & today (Wednesday & Thursday) not the thoughts of a bank robber! Wonder what's up with that?

**unless that is a different Frank Schaivi***(edited)

Sep 20, 2013, 9:11am Permalink
Gary Spencer

it is a pretty common name, maybe I had the wrong facebook page - deleted it!!

Howard - Do you have an age for the alleged bank robber??
Just curious

Sep 20, 2013, 9:12am Permalink
Howard B. Owens

His age or DOB was not on the documents provided to me, but I'm trying to find out.

I did find this morning that there are at least three people by the name who live or have lived in Genesee County.

Sep 20, 2013, 9:15am Permalink

Authentically Local