Jail time for Binghamton ATM robbery and Salvation Army damage

Two cases going through Broome County Court involve a theft from a Binghamton ATM and damage to a Salvation Army rehab. ease.

A Binghamton man will start the new year in 2023 after he was convicted of stealing money from someone trying to make a deposit at an ATM in Binghamton just before Christmas.

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The Broome County District Attorney’s Office said Christopher Vandunk, 26, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery.

Prosecutors say Vandunk and another person approached a man while he was making an ATM deposit at the M&T Bank branch on Exchange Street on December 21 and forcibly took money from the victim .

The press release from District Attorney Michael Korchak’s office did not provide any information about the other alleged assailant in the incident or whether the victim was injured.

Vandunk should be sentenced to two to four years in prison. Judgment is scheduled for January 3.

In another action in Broome County Court on Friday, a Conklin man will serve a one-and-a-half to three-year prison sentence for damaging property at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in the city ​​of Binghamton in April.

The district attorney’s office said Zachary Franks, 29, was sentenced in Broome County Court on Friday for damage to the Griswold Street facility.

Franks had pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal mischief.

No monetary value was assigned to the amount of damage caused to the rehabilitation center.

Both cases were investigated by Binghamton City Police.

Korchak praised the city police for responding quickly to the incidents. The district attorney notes, “Anarchic behavior like this deteriorates the quality of life in our community.”

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