Joseph Levasseur has been charged in connection with bank robberies in Irondequoit and Brighton and a burglary and robbery in February at a home on Couchman Avenue in Ironequoit.
A Henrietta man has been charged in connection with a residential burglary and robbery in Irondequoit in February and two more recent bank robberies in Irondequoit and Brighton.
It was announced today that a joint investigation by the Irondequoit and Brighton police departments, New York State Parole, and the Rochester Police Department led last week to the apprehension of Joseph Levasseur, 46, of Henrietta.
Levasseur has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree grand larceny in Irondequoit in connection with a Feb. 17 burglary and robbery on Couchman Avenue and a March 29 robbery at the Chase Bank branch at 674 Titus Ave., corner Cooper Road. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Irondequoit Town Court at 9 a.m. this Thursday, April 14.
In addition to the charges in Irondequoit, Levasseur was also charged with first-degree robbery and grand larceny in connection with a robbery last week, April 6, at the M&T Bank branch at 1627 Monroe Ave, Brighton, according to Brighton Police Capt. Robert Cline.
Levasseur was apprehended by Rochester police after a short foot chase in the area of South Avenue and Caroline Street in Rochester April 7.
“We received numerous tips, all leading to the same person, as a result of the photos taken at the bank,” Cline said.
Levasseur was apprehended by Sgt. Flumur Zenelovic and other members of the Rochester City Police Department Tactical Unit. At the time of his apprehension, approximately $1,400 in cash and crack cocaine was recovered on Levasseur. He was held by the City of Rochester on additional charges.
He was also wanted in connection with other incidents in the City of Rochester, and by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Includes reporting by Mike Murphy of the Messenger Post staff.